DISH satellite drops, then brings KAZT-TV7 back

AZTV 7 was unexpectedly off the air for Dish Network customers in Prescott last week, but service was restored Monday, Feb. 5. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

AZTV 7 was unexpectedly off the air for Dish Network customers in Prescott last week, but service was restored Monday, Feb. 5. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

If you’re a subscriber to the DISH Network satellite TV service, you may have noticed a missing channel starting last week.

Prescott’s KAZT-TV, channel 7, was, at least temporarily, dropped from the channel lineup. Channel 7 is the only independent station based in Prescott.

According to a statement from DISH, the provider stopped carrying the channel on Feb. 1 because the station “did not respond to DISH's multiple attempts to negotiate continued carriage and effectively removed its station by not giving consent for DISH to continue carrying the channel.”

KAZT’s General Manager, Rich Howe, said, “This is not an uncommon thing that happens in the world of broadcast.

“It has to do with what is called ‘re-transmission consent,’ and every three years, we go through this process,” he said. “There has just been an issue to be resolved, and they have chosen to take us off until that issue gets resolved.”

Asked what the problem was, Howe replied, “We’re not totally sure. It’s not cash — there’s no cash involved in this consent agreement.”

The situation was resolved by the afternoon on Monday, Feb. 5, and KAZT was back on the satellite system.