Frequently Asked Questions
1. Since DISH Network has dropped KOMU 8, won't DISH Network make NBC and CW programming available from another station?
No. There are federal rules prohibiting importation of network programming from outside of our area since KOMU 8 holds the local rights to that programming. NBC Network programs that are lost include The Voice, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and The Tonight Show. CW Network programs that are lost include Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow, and Riverdale.
2. What is the issue?
Cable and satellite companies wishing to sell KOMU 8 programming to their subscribers must first obtain the right to do so from KOMU 8. KOMU 8 has to pay substantial (and growing) fees to obtain its high-quality NBC and CW programming, and negotiates agreements with cable and satellite companies to ensure that the station will continue to have the resources to bring that programming to its audience. KOMU 8's agreement with DISH Network expired on March 31, 2019. KOMU 8 granted extensions through October 4th to continue discussions. KOMU 8 has been unable to negotiate a new agreement with DISH Network comparable to the agreements KOMU 8 has with other cable and satellite providers serving the area.
3. What are my options for getting KOMU 8 programming?
In addition to our free over-the-air signal available with an antenna, other providers will continue to carry KOMU 8 without interruption.
Other providers carrying KOMU 8:
Hulu + Live TVhttps://www.hulu.com/live-tv
AT&T TV Nowhttps://www.atttvnow.com
4. How do I get in touch with someone at DISH Network if I wish to express my views?
You can call DISH Network's customer service center at 1-800-333-3474 or contact them through the Internet at https://www.mydish.com/support/contact and tell them you want to continue to watch KOMU 8.
5. Do I need to call KOMU 8 again after contacting DISH Network?
We appreciate your input and welcome your comments, but it is not necessary to contact us after you have contacted DISH Network. Just make sure DISH Network hears from you.
6. Why is this happening to KOMU 8 but not the other television stations in the market?
Cable and satellite providers tend to stagger their local carriage agreements so that they do not all expire at the same time. In the last three years, KOMU 8 has successfully renewed agreements with every provider serving Mid-Missouri viewers. Like other commercial stations, KOMU 8 is seeking a fair market agreement for the content and information our community expects and values.
7. Isn't KOMU 8 a tax-supported entity?
No tax dollars are used to support KOMU 8. We are a financially self-sufficient auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri, and KOMU 8 operates like any other commercial station, earning revenue generated by commercial advertising sales, production fees, and retransmission fees. KOMU 8 has to pay substantial (and growing) fees to obtain its high-quality NBC, CW and syndicated programming, and negotiates agreements with cable and satellite companies to ensure that the station will continue to have the resources to bring that programming to its audience. In addition, KOMU 8 contributes to the educational mission of the University of Missouri by utilizing our newsroom as a teaching lab for the Missouri School of Journalism. KOMU 8 purchases all of the electronic news-gathering equipment and covers all operating expenses to run the lab. In fact, KOMU 8 pays the University of Missouri institutional fees for legal, human resources, and all other administrative services.
8. This is about making money, isn't it?
This negotiation with DISH Network is about being fairly compensated for the valuable programming content we purchase or produce that DISH Network then resells to its subscribers. Everyone understands the importance of being fairly compensated for the work they do.