After about a 24-hour blackout, local ABC affiliate KVEW TV is back on DISH Network, station managers said.
The Colorado-based satellite provider and Tri-City ABC affiliate KVEW-TV, owned by Morgan Murphy Media of Madison, Wisc., had hit a stalemate in contract negotiations Friday and as a result, KVEW programming stopped airing for DISH customers Friday night.
In a statement on the KVEW website, station general manager Brian Paul said DISH was "unwilling to reach a fair deal," while DISH sent an email to customers saying KVEW "has demanded an outrageous rate increase of 200 percent."
By 8 p.m. Saturday, the station had posted a statement saying a tentative agreement was reached and KVEW is back on DISH for the time being.
The conflict echoes other tense negotiations between satellite TV providers and Tri-City TV stations in recent years.
DISH had a dispute with KEPR in late 2008 that resulted in the local CBS affiliate being pulled temporarily, and DirecTV customers couldn't view local Fox affiliate KFFX programming in early 2011 while the companies hammered out an agreement.
KVEW programming still can be accessed with an antenna or through other satellite or cable providers.