DISH TV, local Fox affiliate reach deal to settle disagreement

DISH TV and Northwest Broadcasting, the parent of the local FOX affiliate KMVU, have settled their long-standing disagreement, according to a news release.

DISH TV announced the agreement Saturday evening, saying that the agreement will allow the remaining NFL playoff games, possibly including today's Seattle Seahawks game versus the Atlanta Falcons.

DISH TV said customers will "again have access to this important TV programming in Washington, Oregon and New York," according to the news release.

The company said it has returned broadcast to customers across the Pacific Northwest, including the Medford FOX affiliate.

The terms of the agreement between DISH TV and Northwest were not included in the press release.

The two sides locked horns approximately two months ago, with Northwest cutting off FOX signals to DISH in November.

Northwest Broadcasting has rejected DISH's offer to pay the same rates as its primary competition, DISH said in a release to reporters this week, adding Northwest is demanding unprecedented and unusual retroactive payment from DISH stretching back multiple years.

The satellite company said the demand is above and beyond what DISH has already paid for the right to carry Northwest Broadcasting.

"Northwest Broadcasting is pleased to have reached a deal with DISH," said Brian Brady, president of Northwest Broadcasting, in the news release. "We appreciate the support of our viewers during these negotiations and look forward to moving forward with a renewed partnership with DISH."

KMVU placed a banner on its website Saturday heralding the agreement.

"Good news for DISH customers!" the banner read. "We are back on!"

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