Like many regional sports networks, Fox’s regional sports networks are seeking payment from almost all Dish customers in their regions, even those who choose a programming package that does not include these channels, according to Dish.
Dish said it offered a short-term contract extension with a retroactive rate adjustment while negotiating continued but Fox Sports decided to pull the plug, an increasingly common tactic among cable and broadcast networks seeking to maximize their income while the pool of potential customers shrinks.
In response, Fox Sports Network said it offered to extend the current agreement but was rejected.
“We know fans are looking forward to the broadcasts of their hometown teams during the stretch run of the baseball season, and we hope DISH and Sling act to return this programming to their customers,” the network said in a statement.
Currently, CBS46’s owner Meredith Corp. has blacked out the CBS affiliate from Dish. And AT&T-owned DirecTV has stopped airing CW46 (WUPA-TV) over a re-transmission fee dispute.
Nationally, these are the networks that have been pulled for Dish/Sling customers:
Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio YES Network (Sling TV only)