Living in the western and southwestern parts of Montana means missing certain shows you might like on NBC. According to a report made by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle which was reported on Dec.10, NBC stations have gone dark in these parts of Montana for Dish Network subscribers. According to the report, Dish is no longer airing 16 local stations in these areas because of a contract mishap between Dish Network and the Bonten Media Group based out of New York who owns the stations.
The interruption of the service for the stations started last Saturday and, according to the Vice President of NBC Montana, Dck Reingold, there is no service restart date as of yet. Although the Dish Network spokeswoman, Danielle Johnson could not be reached for a comment on this problem, she did release a statement to the Missoulian earlier this week that the reason for the problems between Dish and Bonten is because Bonten actually rejected the contract renewal between the two which meant canceling the airing of these stations. She has also stated that the Bonten Media Group has demanded a 300% rate increase. They also refused to match the rate Dish Network pays the other local broadcasters and the rates paid by the Networks' competitors. This all means that Bonten is actually asking for a few cents more per day per subscriber which does add up to a lot.
Although these stations have gone dark for Dish Network subscribers, using an over-the-air antenna will bring the channels in. This does not affect DirecTv subscribers at all.