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DISH Network now carrying WKTV and other local channels

By MIKE LaFAVE

(WKTV) - Beginning Friday, June 4, NEWSChannel 2 will be carried on DISH Network on Channel 6522.

Dish Network President and CEO Charlie Ergen says the placing of local channels has been a long time coming and long sought after by their customers.

Ergen said it only became an option after the President signed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act into law on June 3, which would allow Dish Network to carry local channels along with cable.

Ergen says he pushed for the legislation because he not only felt it would give customers options other than just cable, but because customers made it clear to him that local channels are the most important to them.

"Across the country, we've...it's always been the number one request to receive local networks," Ergen said. "And, of course, we have a lot of customers already, in Utica, but even the customers have always been frustrated that they can't get their local networks. So, now they just call us at 1-800-894-9131 or visit our website at dish.com and we'll turn their networks on for them or a local. but a lot of customers wanted to be customers but not having the local networks prevented them from doing so."

For more information, viewers are asked to visit the DISH Network website at www.dishnetwork.com

To celebrate the new partnership, DISH Network held a kick-off event featuring an appearance by George Foster, the former Major League Baseball All-Star, along with great food and prizes.

The festivities took place in Old Forge at the George Hiltebrant Recreation Center North Pavilion, 200 North St, Old Forge, 13420. from Noon until 5 p.m. on Friday.

According to the DISH Network website, in addition to WKTV, two other Utica commercial broadcast stations will also be available...WUTR and WFXV. The CBS affiliate from Syracuse, WTVH, will also be part of the local TV package, along with PBS. The site notes the cost of the local package being $5.99 per month.

At this time, DISH Network is the only satellite provider in Utica that delivers local channels.


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