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Dish Network pulls CNN, Cartoon Network, other Turner channels

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The logo of Dish Network.

Dish Network subscribers are without some of the country’s most-notable television channels, including CNN and the Cartoon Network, after negotiations between the satellite company and Turner Broadcasting broke down this week.

Turner’s contract with Dish lapsed on Tuesday, and the two sides have been unable to forge an agreement extending the satellite company’s ability to carry the channels, Dish said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Dish has had a productive relationship with Turner Networks for many years,” Dish executive Warren Schlichting said in a statement. “We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish’s programming lineup.”

Turner disputes the notion that it was unwilling to extend a retransmission agreement with Dish. “Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises,” the company said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers.”

Affected channels include CNN, HLN, TruTV, the Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and a Spanish variant of CNN. Two other Turner channels, TBS and TNT, appeared to be unaffected by the carriage dispute.

Both companies say they look forward to negotiating a deal in the near future.

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