As leverage, the networks have the right to request their programming be pulled off the cable or satellite carrier as a way to pressure them to compromise.
Fox is spinning it like this: "DISH is at it again, choosing to drop leading programming as a negotiating tactic regardless of the impact on its own customers. DISH elected to drop FOX networks in an effort to coerce us to agree to outrageous demands. While we regret this is DISH's preferred approach to negotiating, we remind our loyal viewers that the FOX services are widely available through every other major television provider."
Dish’s retort: Fox is “demanding a double-digit percentage rate increase for continued carriage of its local channels” and “attempting to ‘force bundle’ its local channels and unrelated cable networks to get more money and gain negotiating leverage.”
These types of “carriage” battles are now more commonplace as ever as more and more people have stopped paying for satellite or cable networks and are using streaming services instead. This means financial pressure for both Dish and for Fox.
DirecTV had a case where they pulled CW69 in Atlanta over the summer for 19 days. A similar dispute dragged on for more than two months until September between Dish and Meredith, which owns CBS46.