OUTDOOR Channel on Digital Basic/Preferred tier

“The Outdoor Sportsman Group has elected to cease distributing Outdoor Channel
SD and Outdoor Channel HD via HITS. The date of cessation of the signals on HITS has been extended until
October 31, 2017.”

Winnemucca: Outdoor will remain on channel 30; no longer on 287.

Frazier Park: Outdoor will no longer be on 287.

Lake Almanor: Outdoor will remain on channel 24; no longer on 287.

Gualala: no longer on 456.

Effective April 1, 2017 Basic rate increase

Thank you for being such a loyal and consistent customer. This price increase is something we must do in order to continue to provide the current channels. Effective April 1, 2017; there will be a $3.00 monthly increase to the Basic video package. This increase will include any and all packages that have the Basic video service.

Esquire channel

NBCUniversal has announced that they are discontinuing the delivery of the Esquire service as of July 1, 2017. The notice from NBCU is posted on their website, www.nctconline.org, with the Programming Summary and Agreement. Participating Members should plan to discontinue distribution of the Esquire service as of June 30, 2017.

Thank you,
NCTC Programming Department

Some legalities…Given the contentious nature of negotiations with programmers which can result in outages being used as a negotiating tool….

“Should a pay TV provider be legally required to offer a refund or credit if it loses a channel for a period of time due to a carriage dispute with its owner?

The United States Court of Appeals of the Eighth Circuit this month ruled unanimously that the answer is no, according to the National Law Review. A District Court judge held that the service contract between Dish and the customer would be “illusory” if the satcaster were allowed to keep the entire subscriber fee while certain advertised channels were missing. However, Dish appealed the ruling to the Eighth Circuit, which found that the contract would not be “illusory” because the satcaster provided the channels during most of the agreement, and wanted to continue offering them during the dispute. In addition, the appeals panel said Dish’s contract expressly states that it can change the channel lineup of any programming package at any time. ”

Full article here: http://www.tvpredictions.com/dish101816.htm