Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest television station owner in the US, has today announced a new multi-year carriage deal with Dish TV, the satellite television operator.

Under the agreement, Sinclair's 144 local stations, across 86 markets nationwide, will remain on Dish TV, while the Tennis Channel, the network dedicated to the sport, will continue to be available on Dish and its over-the-top streaming service Sling TV. However, Sinclair’s Bally Sports-branded regional sports networks (RSNs) are not part of the carriage deal.

Dish dropped Sinclair’s RSNs in the summer of 2019. 

Earlier this year, the operator had also removed the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network cable channel and NBC RSNs from Dish TV and Sling TV in a dispute over rising subscription costs.

Brian Neylon, Dish TV group president, said: "We are pleased to have reached a multi-year agreement with Sinclair after months of negotiations.

"Sinclair has been a good long-term partner to work with. Both sides have been committed to keeping our customers top of mind and not putting them in the middle of our negotiations. After several contract extensions, we have arrived at a fair agreement that benefits all parties, especially our customers."

William Bell, Sinclair's head of distribution and network relations added: "Our agreement with Dish reflects the continued importance that distributors place on local and national broadcast content.

“We look forward to continuing to provide Dish viewers with the entertainment and timely local news that they depend on every day."