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Eastern South Dakota Dish customers losing Fox TV

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Dish viewers in eastern South Dakota were to lose Fox TV shows on the satellite provider Wednesday unless it resolves a contract dispute with the local network affiliate.

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The spat won't affect off-air customers of KTTW-TV in Sioux Falls and those who receive Fox through another provider. But for Dish viewers, Fox shows will be pulled from the schedule effective at midnight, Ed Hoffman, general manager of KTTW-TV, said Tuesday.

"Our goal is not to take programming away from our viewers," he said. "We reached a point under their terms that nothing was negotiable. My only goal always has and will be is that whatever we do is fair and equitable."

Englewood, Colo.-based Dish Network Corp. said KTTW wants more than seven times more from Dish for the same content and also refused to keep Fox on until the disagreement is resolved.

"Dish offered an extension to avoid any disruption to viewers, but unfortunately that offer was rejected. We remain ready to negotiate around the clock to come to a fair deal," said Sruta Vootukuru, director of programming.