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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) of Mobile hugs Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) of Dahpne after they combined for the game-winning pass-play touchdown against LSU on Nov. 3, 2012. The two teams meet again Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, but DISH customers in the Mobile area affected by a fee dispute will need to seek alternative programming with CBS blacked out locally. (Press-Register file photo)
CBS continues to accommodate local viewers that this week threatens the availability of Saturday s Alabama-LSU showdown in Tuscaloosa for some DISH customers.
Nancy Chafin, spokeswoman for Richmond, Va.-based Media General, confirmed Thursday afternoon CBS will again offer online streaming of both Southeastern Conference games scheduled to air on affected affiliate stations in eight markets, including WKRG in Mobile.
Mississippi State University and Texas A M are scheduled to kickoff at 2:30 p.m., but the larger audience is expected to tune in at 7 p.m. when the first-ranked Crimson Tide take on the 13th-ranked Tigers in what s already being billed as the Game of the Century.
Both games, Chafin said, will be available on , which can also be accessed directly through WKRG s site, or those of any of the other affected stations.
If it s easier for viewers to remember, this link is also at the top of the , she said.
At issue is the failed negotiation of retransmission fees between satellite provider DISH and broadcast company Media General that has resulted in the blackout of key programming in a total of 18 markets since Oct. 1. Because CBS traditionally airs high-profile Southeastern Conference games throughout the season, the dispute has , prompting the alternative broadcast options. All decisions regarding future games will be made on a case-by-case basis.
DISH Network customers in the affected markets can also access the CBS broadcasts by using a basic over-the-air antenna.
Media General granted DISH a 90-day extension on June 30 to reach an amicable retransmission fee arrangement, but the Sept. 30 deadline passed without a deal, resulting in the blackout of key stations in all 18 markets.
Media General also owns CBS affiliates in Tennessee s Tri-Cities area that includes Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol; Hattiesburg and Jackson, Miss.; Greenville, N.C.; Florence-Myrtle Beach and Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.; and Columbus, Ga. Its other stations are located in Birmingham, an NBC affiliate; Tampa, Fla.; Augusta and Savannah, Ga.; Raleigh-Durham and Asheville, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Providence, R.I.; Columbus, Ohio; and Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.
DISH Network appealed formally Oct. 18 to have the Federal Communications Commission intervene, alleging Media General s failure to negotiate in good faith.
In turn, Media General responded the same day with a statement calling DISH s request for government intervention meritless and the satellite provider s tactics the latest in a string of 32 take-down disputes with local broadcasters in the past three years alone, affecting more than 120 local television stations.
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