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Dish, KTKA Come To Retrans Terms

After nearly a week, KTKA-TV, the ABC affiliate serving Topeka, Kan., is back on Dish Network.

The satellite service and Free State Communications LLC, which owns KTKA, reached a retransmission-consent accord late Jan. 7, restoring the station to Dish customers. Dish dropped KTKA on Dec. 31 at midnight after the parties could not reach a retransmission-consent agreement.

This deal, terms of which were not disclosed, will soon give Dish customers access to KTKA’s high-definition signal for the first time.

“We’re very pleased that Dish Network and KTKA were able to work together to find a reasonable solution for both companies that increases the value Dish Network customers receive,” said Free State COO Patrick Knorr in a statement.

Free State is a wholly owned subsidiary of The World Co., parent of Lawrence, Kan.-based Sunflower Broadband.