Fox: Dish Removes FX, Fox Sports
Washington, D.C. (October 1,
2010) -- A Fox Networks web site
is reporting that Dish Network has been forced to remove the
Fox-owned FX, National
Geographic Channel and 19 Fox regional sports networks from the air.
Fox and Dish have been negotiating for weeks for a new
programming agreement. The old agreement expired at 3 a.m. ET.
At GetWhatIPaidFor.com, a web site created by Fox for its fight
with Dish, the home page said at 3:01 a.m. that the Fox channels
are now off the air on Dish. There was no official confirmation
from either Fox or Dish on whether the last minute negotiations
Updated: Dish Network this morning issued a statement
confirming that the Fox channels had been removed from its
is not going to allow FOX or any programmer to bully our
customers into paying such an unconscionable price increase,"
said Dave Shull, senior vice
president of programming for DISH Network, in the statement.
"FOX has a long history of trying to shake down pay TV
providers, including Cablevision, Time Warner, and Bright
During the Fox blackout, Dish said it would make the following
channels available to all affected customers at no additional
HD Net Movies, HD Theater, NBA TV, New England Sports Network,
NFL Network, NHL Network, Altitude Sports, Big Ten Network,
Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast
SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast Sports Network Mid-Atlantic, Comcast
Sports New England, ESPN Classic, FOX Sports Northwest, FOX
Sports Pittsburgh, FOX Sports Rocky Mountain, Mid-Atlantic
Sports Network, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network2, SportsNet New
York, and SportsTime Ohio.
Dish said it launched four web sites to offer more information
on the impasse with Fox, including HowMuchMoreCanWeTake.com
If a new
agreement is not reached, the Dish blackout will include both
the HD and SD version of the Fox channels.
This is not the first time that a network and TV provider has
gone to war over programming fees. In fact, in the last year or
so, there have been several fee fights that have resulted in
either channels being pulled off the air or last minute
agreements. (In June,
Dish was forced to drop four Disney high-def channels when it
could not reach a new carriage agreement with the programmer;
the channels are still off the air.)
The Fox web site this morning also was updated to note that Dish
will be forced to remove local Fox affiliates from the air on
November 1 if a new programming agreement is not reached by
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