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Dish Network Update

September 17, 2021

KOMU 8 reached out to Dish Network again and they declined our most recent proposal without offering a fair, alternative option. They continue to stonewall us. We cannot force them to negotiate, they have to want to. Contact Dish Network and ask why they continue to leave mid-Missouri viewers in the dark? KOMU 8 remains available over the air and on all other cable, satellite and streaming services.

September, 3 2021

Nothing has changed since our last communication with Dish Network five weeks ago. We contacted Dish to engage in conversation and they essentially thanked us for contacting them. KOMU is available and ready to negotiate, Dish Network continues to stonewall us.

August 3, 2021

KOMU 8 recently contacted Dish Network and they declined to engage in negotiation with us. We cannot force Dish to negotiate. They continue to leave us and our viewers in the dark. Please contact Dish Network and ask why they continue to dismiss KOMU 8’s attempts to come to an agreement.

July 16, 2021

Dish Network has not responded to KOMU 8’s proposal for over four months, leaving us and our viewers in the dark. We’ve made Dish Network aware that we are ready and available for discussions on a mutually beneficial agreement. We cannot force Dish to continue the discussion. They are not prioritizing their customers/ our loyal viewers. 

In the meantime, we want to help you find alternative ways to watch the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Tokyo Olympics programing will be featured on A full schedule of events and competitions can be found on the website. Programming can also be seen on streamers that feature KOMU 8 such as Hulu PlusAT&T TVfuboTV and YouTube TV. The Olympics on KOMU 8 will be available to watch on all other cable and satellite providers in mid Missouri or for free with an over-the-air antenna. 

Tokyo is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Central time, which means many events held in the evening in Tokyo will be in the early morning hours for U.S. viewers.

June 14, 2021

It has been 3 months since KOMU 8 sent Dish Network our proposal; they have not responded. We need Dish Network to engage so our channels can be restored on their service. We cannot force Dish Network to negotiate, they have to want to. Ask Dish Network why they haven’t responded to KOMU 8. Our programming continues to be available with over-the-air antennas and on DirecTV, Spectrum, CenturyLink, Mediacom, Chariton Valley, Suddenlink, COMO Connect, Hulu+, Fubo TV, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. 

May 12, 2021

It has been two months since KOMU 8 sent Dish Network our most recent proposal; they have yet to respond. Please contact Dish Network and request they restore KOMU 8's channels on their service. Visit their websiteTwitter or Facebook, or call 800-333-3474.

April 26, 2021

KOMU 8 is available to continue negotiations and Dish Network remains silent. We remain committed to getting our channels back on Dish as soon as possible.

April 9, 2021

KOMU 8 remains available to continue negotiations with Dish Network; they have not responded as of April 9, 2021. Please contact Dish Network and request they respond to KOMU 8. Visit their website, Twitter or Facebook, or call 800-333-3474.

March 26, 2021

As of March 26, Dish Network has not responded to KOMU 8's most recent proposal. KOMU 8 remains committed to coming to an agreement as soon as possible. 

March 12, 2021

KOMU 8 and Dish Network came to a temporary agreement to carry our NBC and CW streams in March of 2020, which expired on March 12, 2021. We offered to continue distribution on fair market terms and Dish declined. Similar to how it has with 236 other channels in recent months, Dish dropped our programming on Friday, March 12. 

KOMU 8, a locally-owned, small-market TV station only requests that Dish Network, a multi-billion dollar corporation (with a net income of $773 million in Q4 of 2020), agrees to a fair agreement in line with what we agreed to with other providers. At no time have we demanded exorbitant fees. KOMU 8 remains committed to reaching a fair agreement.

It is more important now than ever that our viewers know their trusted, local station is there for them, providing the news and information they need to keep their families informed and safe. KOMU 8 remains devoted to reaching an agreement and restoring service on Dish Network. 

Please contact Dish Corporation and ask them why they dropped KOMU 8 despite our attempt to avoid service disruption. Visit their WebsiteTwitter or Facebook, or call 800-333-3474.

Remember, KOMU 8 News is streaming on multiple platforms. You can stream live and past newscasts by downloading the KOMU 8 app on Android TV, Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV here.

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