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DISH customers lose LEX 18 after deal is not reached

Negotiations continue to keep LEX 18 on air
Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 23, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — DISH Network blacked out LEX 18 on Saturday night after the satellite provider and The E.W. Scripps Company were unable to reach an agreement.

Negotiations continue between the two sides to bring LEX 18 back to DISH.

LEX 18’s signal is still available on all other satellite and cable systems, over-the-air, and on OTT platforms, including Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV.

“After five months of negotiating with DISH and multiple contract extensions, Scripps and DISH Network may be reaching an impasse. We hope DISH will understand the need for Scripps’ viewers to receive its local television stations given the pressing news in our communities right now, including a global pandemic, discussions around social unrest, the active political year and severe weather season. This dispute is about the distribution of our broadcast signal so we can keep our local audiences safe and informed,” Scripps said in a statement on Thursday night.

Since launching its first television stations in 1947 in Cleveland, Scripps had never experienced a station blackout with any cable or satellite provider. Scripps has owned WLEX since May of 2019.

If you are a DISH subscriber and unable to access our station on DISH, please visit for more information.

You can also find our local content over-the-air or on your favorite streaming platform.

To watch over-the-air, please rescan your TV to pick up our signal using your antenna. Here's how:

1. Click the “menu” button on your remote.

2. In the menu, choose “channel setup.”

3. Select antenna or tuner.

4. Start a new scan.

5. If you run into issues, please refer to the product manual that came with your TV or reach out to the manufacturer for additional instructions.

To watch our live newscasts on streaming platforms, search for our station on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and other services. You can also download our app to watch our live newscasts or read our content online.

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