The pay-TV wars are heating up again. Satellite television giant Dish Network has removed seven Turner Broadcasting cable channels - including CNN, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies - after the companies failed to agree on a new contract. The blackout affects nearly half a million Dish subscribers in the Los Angeles area and 14 million nationwide. The Dish-Turner stalemate, reached late Monday after months of negotiations, is the latest in a series of disputes that has left viewers without their favorite TV channels. Conflicts between TV programmers and cable and satellite operators have become common. In September, a struggle between DirecTV and one of the nation's largest broadcasters, Raycom Media, led to a seven-day blackout of popular Raycom stations in the South and Midwest. Time Warner Cable customers went a month last year without CBS stations in a particular thorny dispute.
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