Dish Plans to Charge Internet TV Subs Extra for Live Local Broadcast Channels: Sources

Dish Network, which is assembling one of the first Internet-delivered pay-TV services in the U.S., is planning to offer local broadcast TV networks to subscribers of the over-the-top service as a separate, premium-priced tier, according to industry sources. […] So far, Dish has inked deals with Disney, covering linear and video-on-demand content from ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, along with cable nets from A&E Network and Scripps Networks Interactive. […] The satellite TV operator has rights to distribute live and on-demand content from ABC, including the Alphabet’s eight owned-and-operated local TV stations. But those ABC stations — as well as other local TV channels — may not be included in the baseline price of Dish’s OTT services. […] At this point, the satscater has not reached deals with CBS, NBC or FOX. Meanwhile, Dish has other challenges in its move to go over the top: Per its Disney deal for ESPN, ABC and the other nets, it’s limited to a single video stream per household, while the A+E and Scripps pacts allow for multistream access. – Todd Spangler,Variety
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