Off The Bird

In a pissing match that will ultimately end up costing Dish customers more money, over a dozen mid-sized and small market stations owned by Cordillera Communications went dark to Dish customers.

Yesterday afternoon the stations fell from the Dish lineup in a retransmission dispute between the two sides.

The outage could cause some customers of the satellite company in the West, Southwest and Southern portions of the country to miss the opening round of the National Football League playoffs.

“Unfortunately, Dish Network has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with Cordillera even as we offer terms similar to those of existing agreements with every other cable and satellite provider,” said Cordillera president Terrance Hurley in a statement.

Eventually this will all be settled, neither the station or Dish will disclose the dollar amount and in the near future, customers will see an increase in their bills.