Dish subscribers woke up to fewer available channels, including mainstays like CNN and Cartoon Network, on Tuesday morning. Turner Broadcasting and the satellite provider were unable to reach an agreement, leading to Dish dropping several Turner networks as of 2 a.m. ET Tuesday, TheWrap has confirmed.
Among the networks dropped are HLN, Boomerang, TruTV, TCM and CNN en Espanol.
“Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises, and it’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customer,” Turner said in a statement.
“In the past year, Dish has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” Warren Schlichting, Dish Network senior vice president of programming, said. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers.”
Dish added that Turner “refused to extend the overall agreement,” which Turner said it already did multiple times.
Both companies indicated a desire to continue negotiations, though it’s too late to help customers impacted by the current impasse.
“We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish’s programming lineup,” Schlichting said.
In its statement, Turner said, “We are hopeful our counterparts will return to the negotiating table, and we’ll get a deal completed.”