Nexstar confirmed late Wednesday that DISH had withdrawn local community programs from 164 local television channels it owns. This step also led to the removal of Nexstar`s cable network, WGN America, and its Live-Prime-Time National Newscast, NewsNation, he said. Nexstar responded with its own press release the next day, saying Dish was “ready to take its subscribers hostage instead of reaching an agreement with Nexstar and other channels.” As mentioned above, an OTA digital antenna gives you free access to network channels. They can be paired with a DVR to record shows, and they can be paired with certain streaming devices, making the transition from streaming services to live TV easier. “Since July, Nexstar has been negotiating relentlessly and in good faith its attempt to secure a multi-year contract acceptable to both parties with Dish and offers Dish the same fair market terms it offers to other major distributors with which it has entered into successful negotiations in 2019 and 2020,” nexstar said in a press release released today. “Despite the fact that nearly $11 billion in revenue was generated in the first nine months of this year and that a multi-billion dollar acquisition of a mobile phone company has been completed, Dish has proposed rates that go well behind and are not only likely to pull local channels from Nexstar , but also to remove Nexstar`s cable network, WGN America, from its system. In addition, AT-T and Tegna were unable to reach a new agreement on Tuesday, resulting in the loss of more than 60 channels on DirecTV, AT-T-verse and the TELEVISION broadcast service AT-T. Starting at 19.m Wednesday, Hoosier Dish Network subscribers will no longer have access to local channels after the network has been unable to resolve a contractual dispute with Nexstar Media Group. In DISH`s statement that it intended to obscure subscribers of their local and network programming and Nexstar content, the satellite provider did not acknowledge that the expiring agreement with Nexstar was reached at the end of 2016.