Fox News and Fox Business have blocked Dish Network access. The TV provider was engaged in contract renewal talks which stalled with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. It is not uncommon for networks to block access as part of their contract negotiation tactics with satellite and cable providers.
Dish announced the shutdown in service on its website. The company claims that 21st Century Fox attempted to introduce new channels into the mix during contract negotiations.
Dish Network claims that the channels introduced during negotiations were not currently up for renewal. Dish’s Warren Schlichting, senior VP of programming, says, “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well. Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract.”
The full notice on Dish Network reads:
“We Stand For You.
Our contract with 21st Century Fox (Fox), the owner of Fox News and Fox business, has expired and they have removed its channels from DISH’s channel lineup.
At DISH, our priority is to bring you the best programming, and we work hard to do so at a fair value. Learn More about our commitment to you.”
Fox News and Fox Business were blacked out even though Dish Network attempted to offer a short-term contract extension that would have kept the services on air.
Dish Network and 21st Century Fox have not given a timeframe for renewed negotiations.
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