If you are a subscriber of DISH, we wanted to inform you that we are presently attempting to negotiate our carriage contract with DISH so that we can continue to bring you the news, weather, and sports that you and your family rely on. Here at WAFF we deeply value our relationship with our viewers right here in the Tennessee Valley. We have been here for over 60 years, serving the community, supporting local charities, highlighting the issues and politics that affect us each day
Most of the time these negotiations are handled quickly and behind the scenes with no interruption to your service. In fact, you rarely are aware of those negotiations which in our view is how it should be. Unfortunately, to date, we have been unable to reach an agreement, and we feel that it's important to let you know the facts so that you can continue to enjoy all of our programming.
We hope that we are able to reach a fair agreement with DISH that will keep WAFF on their system here in the Tennessee Valley, and we promise to do all that we can to make that happen. In the meantime, we will keep you updated. And please remember you always have choices: we are free over the air and available through other providers in our community.
Why is my access to WAFF at risk?
Isn't this just a fight between two big companies over money?
Why should I be put in the middle of this dispute?
We agree – you shouldn't be in the middle. Our preference is to reach a business deal through good faith negotiations. Unfortunately, DISH has simply refused to reach a deal on the same fair terms that have been the basis for deals with every other pay-TV company in the market.
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