Fox News pulled from Dish lineup due to fee dispute
In a statement released on Sunday, the US' most-watched cable news network, Fox News, urged viewers to cancel their Dish Network subscriptions, and switch to another satellite TV provider, after Dish blacked out Fox News due to an ongoing fee dispute.
Since Dish Network and Fox News failed to negotiate the terms of a new contract before the expiry of the old contract, Fox News stopped airing in the homes Dish's 14 million subscribers shortly after 12 a. m. on December 21.
Along with the Fox News channel, the Fox Business Network was also pulled from the Dish lineup.
With Fox News having blacked two of its news channels for Dish subscribers, Tim Carry - Fox News' Executive VP for distribution - said that efforts are underway by Fox News to ensure that affected Dish customers switch to other TV providers "as quickly as possible." Carry also asserted that the contract terms which Fox News had offered to Dish were similar to agreements which it has worked out with other cable and satellite-TV operators.
Meanwhile, in response to the Fox News blackout for Dish customers, Warren Schlichting - Dish's SVP of programming - said: "We regret the (Fox News) service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish's programming lineup."
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