Having a decent TV subscription has never been more important, so many customers have been left asking why has Scripps removed ABC?

With many people spending more hours at home due to the coronavirus pandemic they’ve been able to try out new shows and channels.

But some have discovered this week that they can’t access local stations on ABC, CBS and Fox after two huge companies failed to make a deal. 

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Why has Scripps removed ABC?

  • Broadcasting company Scripps has stopped streaming on the DISH satellite service after the firms failed to reach an agreement.

This means that customers can no longer view local television stations in 42 markets, such as San Diego, owned by The E.W. Scripps Company.

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The blackout has caused interruptions on stations including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, MyTV, and Telemundo, reports Newsbreak.

What are Scripps and DISH not able to agree?

Brian Lawlor, president of Local Media for Scripps, said the disagreement is not about the rates DISH pay them.

He said that they have been talking for “five months” about the satellite television company’s “inability to agree on other distribution terms”.

The businessman added: “Without an agreement in place, DISH subscribers are missing out on our stations’ essential news, weather and entertainment programming.”

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However Dish has claimed that Scripps ignored its offers to extend channel access while they continued discussions, reports Engadget.

They also alleged that Scripps turned down a suggestion to match rates offered to other TV providers that the broadcaster works with.

Has a blackout like this happened before? And what is Scripps?

Since launching its first TV station in 1947, Scripps has never gone dark with a pay TV distributor.

And the company say they are ready to make an agreement with DISH and get shows back on their viewers’ TV screens

Scripps is America’s fourth-largest independent TV station owner and operates 60 television stations in 42 markets.

The firm, full name The E.W. Scripps Company, also has a newsroom in Washington D.C and supports the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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