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Retrans renewals keep Cordillera, Cox Media stations on air

Whilehigh-profile carriage disputes will likely prevent some baseball fans frombeing able to watch their home team on regional sports networks as the 2016season begins, a pair of retransmission-consent renewals on March 31 ensuredthat stations owned by Cordillera Communications and 's remainedavailable to pay TV subscribers.

CordilleraCommunications has reached a new retrans deal with , according tothe National Association of Broadcasters. Under the agreement, terms of whichwere not disclosed, NBC(US) affiliates KVOA-TV in Tucson, Ariz., and KSBY-TV in San LuisObispo, Calif.; and ABC(US) affiliate KATC-TV in Lafayette, La., remained available to theMSO's customers. There were no disruptions in service for any of the local TVstations.

Elsewhere,Cox Media inked a new retrans pact with DISH Network Corp., keeping 13 stations on the DBSprovider's air. According to NAB, the deal covers Cox-owned stations WSB (ABCaffiliate) in Atlanta; WFXT (FOX (US)) in Boston; WSOC (ABC) and WAXN (independent)in Charlotte; WHIO (CBS(US)) in Dayton, Ohio; WFOX (FOX) in Jacksonville, Fla.; WHBQ (FOX)in Memphis, Tenn.; WFTV (ABC) and WRDQ (independent) in Orlando; WPXI (NBC) inPittsburgh; KIRO (CBS) in Seattle; KOKI (FOX) and KMYT () in Tulsa. Therewere no disruptions in service.

Meanwhile,DISH remains engaged in a carriage dispute with 's .

AsMajor League Baseball nears the first pitch on its 2016 season, Comcast andYES Network (US)remain at odds in pricedispute that has kept 900,000 of the MSO's subscribers from accessingthe regional sports network home to the New York Yankees and the NBA's BrooklynNets since November 2015.

Onthe West Coast, Time Warner CableInc. which handles distribution for SportsNet LA (US), the RSN home to the LosAngeles Dodgers, has yet to find takers for the license fees it is offeringproviders in the nation's second-largest DMA.