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January 01, 2009


I'm set up to convert to Verizon's FIOS service next week. Did so because of Dish's failure to resolve this Fisher thing w/in a few days, and that I'll be able to get to see the Blazers on Comcast's Sports network, and I'll save about $40 a month to boot (bundled w/ my internet and landline phone). Had been loyal to Dish for 4+ years, but time to switch.

I'm in the same boat, I really dont want to leave Dish, but I can't go without ABC.

I blame all of the above.

I'm starting a little site called DishandFisherSuck.com I'll let you know when it's up.

I've emailed and called both companies from here in Bakersfield, CA.

Keep up the fight!


It would seem as if we, the consumers paying for the product we are not getting would have the ability to file a breach of contract class action lawsuit against Dish. Anyone else have any relevant information on this?

I'm in Pocatello, Idaho and our CBS channel is the one that got dropped. I was doing ok with that until Survivor and Amazing Race started. I was able to call Dish and make them switch my location address so that I am now picking up the Salt Lake City, Utah locals. It was a fight, but it worked. Please post when this dispute finally ends so I can switch back to my local channels.

Dish is the only TV service company that has shown a past and current pattern of greedy business practices, i.e. refusing to pay a couple more cents per subscriber for something that it makes a buttload of money off in the first place. your $5 local channels fee generates over $4.25 in profit every single month for Dish.

The truth is, this dispute isn't about the per-user retrans fees. It's about seven figures that Dish owes Fisher because Dish isn't honoring a previous contract.

That's why both companies are screwing the poor TV consumer. Also, Dish has all the marketing power here. That's why you got the specific response that you did from them and a more general response from Fisher - Fisher is working hard to avoid breaching the good-faith negotiation clause that Dish could use as evidence to get the lawsuit tossed out.

My neighbor works for a Fisher station... he said there's no end in sight as far as he's heard.

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