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Fox sports channels and FX dropped from Dish Network

In an increasingly contentious battle over price hikes, News Corp.'s Fox pulled several of its cable channels -- including 19 regional sports channels -- from satellite broadcaster Dish Networks early Friday morning.

The channels included in the blackout were FX, National Geographic Channel and such popular regional sports outlets as Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, two channels that are scheduled to broadcast this weekend's season-ending games of the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Fox broadcast network, local Fox television stations and the Fox News Channel were not part of the contract being negotiated, and remain available to Dish's 14.3 million customers.

"The proposal we’ve offered Dish is fair and in line with the tremendous value we provide," Fox said in a statement. "We regret the inconvenience to our viewers, but Dish has asserted its subscribers do not value our channels and has made a decision to go forward without them."

Dish, meanwhile, charged that Fox's demands were akin to price-gouging.  Dish, in a statement, said that Fox was seeking an "unprecedented rate increase of more than 50%," a charge that a Fox spokesman called a "gross overstatement." Fox declined to say how much it was demanding from Dish.

Dave Shull, senior vice president of programming for Dish Network, said in a statement:  "Our customers should not be held hostage in order to finance Fox's irresponsible acquisition of sports rights. Consumers are already burdened enough in this challenging economy."

Such disputes are becoming common in the television industry. Dish and other television distributors are struggling to hold the line on pricing rather than face additional wrath of consumers angry about seemingly ever-increasing monthly bills. Meanwhile, programming costs -- including sports rights fees -- continue to escalate and programmers, including Fox, are attempting to raise their fees to compensate.

Later this month, the two companies -- Fox, which is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., and Dish Networks, based outside Denver and run by Charlie Ergen -- will wrestle over fees for the Fox broadcast network, which airs such popular shows as "Glee," "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy." That contract is set to expire on Oct. 31 -- during the network's coverage of the World Series.

-- Meg James

 

 
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Consumers should do what I did - I had my cable disconnected and got rid of my television. I am now a TV-free household. I read a lot, listen to the radio, and get all my news from the Internet. Life is good without television. Try it.

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Not right before the Kings season. This is awful news.

Oy. Just stop watching TV and play outside.

If this is not resolved quickly,i am switching to direct tv or cable.I WILL NOT MISS THE LAKERS GAMES.I LIVE 100 MILES FROM STAPLES CENTER.

And this is why every customer is looking to alternatives to this utter non-sense. These two companies need to realize it makes them both look like jackasses when they pull stunts like this and it drives the consumer to look at alternatives.

They need to be fair to the consumer let's us watch while the fight.

Great News

DISH Loses Fox, MSG Programming

According to DISH, Fox has requested a rate increase of “more then 50 percent” and have refused their request to keep the stations on during negotiations.

Well from the consumer prospective I say GREAT for DISH – they should never need to pay more then a 1 or 2 percent increase (if that much) for any programming during a renewal. Granted I will miss my National Geographic, but I will survive, as for the sports programming “there is only so much sports I can watch and losing the FOX channels will not affect me in the least – hopefully I will also lose FOX News (What a joke).”

For those companies that own the programs, you need to understand many consumers are getting greatly unhappy with the constant increases in prices for getting their entertainment. Most of which can be attributed to you. Program owners need to remember the Golden Rule “You need the consumer”, otherwise when you sell advertising for your programs you are not going to be able to charge very much with no one watching. I assume the loss of income would also not make your shareholders happy.

Consumers need to remember, without us “the consumers” program owners have nothing. As it is we are paying for a show that has already been paid for with advertising dollars, giving the program owner additional income. That is fine within reason, but the owners need to be looking at increasing the advertising dollars – which will of course increase with the increase in the number of people who watch the show, therefore they should be ATTEMPTING to keep costs to the consumer as low as possible to gain more viewers and drive up advertising pricing.

On a related note:

Advertisers are your rates going down since millions of views can no longer view your advertising? You need to step in and make sure you are not overpaying for viewers that can no longer view your advertising. Are you getting a refund from FOX for your advertising? I doubt it.

Again Great move on DISH’S part, however will this also lower my monthly payment to DISH? I doubt it; however DISH as an entertainment operator needs to remember to take care of its customers on both sides of these issues when they occur.

Renewals like this need to become MUCH MORE PUBLIC as it is the consumer that ultimately suffers regardless of the outcome. As a consumer I want to know what FOX is getting for “allowing its programs to be viewed by me”!

Gary Miller

DISH Network will continue to negotiate in good faith for a fair deal with FOX to help restore the sports programming and prevent outrageous rate increases in this challenging economic environment. In the meantime, during the FOX lockout, DISH Network will make the following channels available to all affected customers at no additional charge: 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

I think both sides need to stop acting like children. Both companies claim the other is holding out and that the customers shouldn't suffer. Well, at least one of them has to be correct. Meaning that someone (or both of them) is lying.

Does this mean fox soccer channel and fsc+ wont b offered by dish anymore?

as far as i am concern fox can stick there channels where the sun dont shine. my hours are being cut at work and all these fat cats want is to drain the little guy for all they can.by the way they can yank fox news to for all i care.

If I miss a Kings game this season because Dish and Fox cannot figure out how to split my $1400/yr I will spend all of November & December telling kids that Santa isn't real. You want to ruin my favorite time of the year? I'll ruin Christmas!

BAH HUMBUG!

The Fox networks belong to Rupert Murdoch who, surprise!, owns a 34 percent stake in Hughes Electronics, the operator of DirecTV. This is a naked attempt to push Dish Network out of the business and gain a monopoly in the Satellite TV provider market. BULLY FOR DISH NETWORK for standing up to this modern day Nelson Rockefeller!

Cool, Fox. I'll just watch it online. Because you can find anything, anywhere.

Idiots.

Good thing I don't watch baseball or b-ball, & Sunny has been horrible. As long as they work it out by the end of the NHL season: I rarely watch the regular season of any sport any more unless the Ducks, Kings or Chargers need to win near the end of the season to make the playoffs. Does Fox own Fuel? I better check b/c that would be a real loss.

WOOHOOO NO PINCHE LAKERS

YOU GUYS ACT LIKE LITTLE KIDS THAT AWFUL AND THAT NOT A JOKE .GUYS COME ON NOW AND STOP THIS WE ARE OVERPAYING RIGHT NOW FOR T.V. JUST HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU GUYS REALLY NEED ? I WISH WE COULD GO BACK TO 2,4,5,FREE T.V. GROW UP & THINK ABOUT IT ? LOOK & SEE WHAT YOUR DOING TO US THE OLD FOLKS ? THANK YOU GOD BLESS. I THINK I AM OVER PAY THEM NOW. NOW WE ARE OVERPAYING RIGHT NOW PAYING BOININ NOW.I AM A PAYING CUSTOMER THINK ABOUT IYS NOT RIGHT. STOP THE FIGHTING THANK ? MR.RODNEY LUMLEY

To Fox executives:
Greed is most certainly NOT good, and it is obvious that your organization is motivated more by greed than a commitment to fair pricing. May your greedy efforts reap the public wrath they deserve.

To DishTV executives:
Drop ALL Fox offerings-- particularly the outrageously propagandistic Fox News crap-- if Fox persists in the conduct of which you complain.

To Sports executives:
Show a greater measure of concern than you have in the past to the egregious price-gouging that Fox and other networks are prone to engage in and to justify by pointing fingers at the money you require them to pay to you. If you do not show more restraint, legislative intervention will surely be justified and supported by a public fed-up with what has become a matter of public economic abuse.

Ah...the joys of 'free' enterprise. Whatever happened to 'this will give the consumer more choice'...?

It is only sports fans that are affected by this decision and any hardcore tv sports fan would have Directv anyhow as they provide many more sports benefits. Those spors fans on dish that may loose out.. switch to directv and you will be more happy anyways.
If Dish doesn't want to cater to sports fans that is their decision and their loss.

The joys of living out of market with MLB.tv and GameCenter Live. :)

I was just about to order the DISH today too. WOW. I wanted to make sure I got the Lakers this season, and didn't want Time Warner anymore. I can always just order the Online NBA league pass , and stream that to my TV, or just get the free feeds from justinTV. I'm not about to get DirectTV which is owned by Fox.

Fox is evil.

so where can all us BRUIN fans watch the WSU/UCLA game tomorrow if we can not attend the game in person?...this stinks...i called both FOX/DISH and the UCLA ATHLETIC offices to voice my disdain for them all for putting we the fans in the middle of their disputes...

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good news!!...here in los angeles for DISH NETWORK you can turn to channel #9666 to watch the game on FOXSPORTS NORTHWEST...it's named FOX but is an independent station and is being provided by DISH NETWORK...

 
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