DISH subscribers to lose NBC, KARE 11 tells viewers to complain

The contract expires at about 6 p.m. Friday.
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DISH Network subscribers will lose all of their NBC channels unless the satellite giant and NBC are able to reach a contract agreement by 6 p.m. today (Friday). 

The impending contract collapse is highly visible on the website of Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE 11 under a "Breaking News" alert, with the TV station calling the situation "unfair" for viewers and accuses DISH of refusing to compromise on a fair, market-based deal. 

"Unfortunately, so far, DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us," KARE says. "If a deal is not reached by 5:59pm on November 30, DISH subscribers could lose access to KARE."

KARE wants viewers to call DISH and complain about the potential disruption. 

The station notes that a contract impasse with a major provider has happened just once in recent history, "and that was resolved within a matter of hours." 

"It has been disappointing that DISH, so far, has refused to reach an agreement," KARE says.

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DISH issued a statement in response saying it has "offered a contract extension to ensure the channels remain available until we can get an agreement," but NBC stations like KARE are instead "choosing to threaten viewers" that they'll lose their channels. 

DISH customers stand to lose out on KARE 11's local news, as well as TV shows like The Voice, This Is Us, Chicago P.D.Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam, and among others, the NFL's Sunday Night Football

Fortunately, the Vikings don't have any more games scheduled for Sunday night, although they have played in the prime-time slot in three of their last four games. 

If you're a DISH subscriber, you can circumnavigate the issue by buying a digital aerial receiver, which you can get for $20 at Target and it gets mosts local channels in the Twin Cities, including in HD.

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