Late Christmas Eve, DISH and Nexstar announced a new multi-year deal that returned 164 local TV stations to the satellite provider’s lineup after a 23-days blackout. WGN America also has been restored to DISH and will be made available on vMVPD Sling in early 2021 as part of an Extra add-on package.

“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement that benefits all parties, especially our customers,” said Brian Neylon, Group President, DISH TV. “Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through the negotiations.”

Nexstar said it now has long-term visibility regarding future retransmission and carriage fees covering 90% of the company’s footprint through 2022. Earlier this month, it reached deals with streaming services Hulu, fubo TV and YouTube TV.

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