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KCTV5, KSMO-TV warns viewers DISH may drop stations over contract dispute

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KCTV5's news helicopter caught a game of Mario Kart being played on Crown Vision at Kauffman Stadium, while flying over Arrowhead Stadium.

Two television stations in Kansas City, KCTV5, a CBS affiliate, and KSMO-TV, issued a statement Friday, saying the DISH Network could drop the stations from its lineup if they fail to negotiate a deal soon.

The stations’ programming, including local news and CBS shows, will not be available to DISH customers as of 6 p.m. Monday if an agreement isn’t completed, the statement said.

The dispute does not affect viewers from all other cable and satellite companies serving Kansas City, and KCTV5 and KSMO-TV will still be available over the air.

“KCTV 5/KSMO-TV has been trying for months to get DISH Network to negotiate seriously,” Chuck Poduska, the stations’ vice president and general manager, said in the statement. “Reaching a deal and preventing a blackout is our top priority.”

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