Fox yanks channels in spat with Dish

FX, Nat Geo, sports cablers pulled amid contract wrangle

Failing to reach a new distribution agreement with the Dish Network, Fox pulled FX, the National Geographic channel and 19 regional sports networks from the satellite service as of midnight on Sept. 30.

Dish asserts that Fox’s demands are unreasonable, asking for fee increases of more than 50%. “Dish Network is not going to allow Fox or any programmer to bully our customers into paying such an unconscionable price increase,” said Dave Shull, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, in a statement. “Fox has a long history of trying to shake down pay TV providers, including Cablevision, Time Warner and Bright House.”

Fox countered in a statement: “The proposal we’ve offered Dish is fair and lin line with the tremendous value we provide. We regret the inconvenience to our viewers, but Dish has asserted its subscribers do not value our channels and has made the decision to go forward without them.” Fox then encouraged subscribers to go to the website http://www.getwhatipaidfor.com to gather more information.

Fox’s local tv stations, Fox News and Fox Business News remain on the air.

Dish has 14.3 million subscribers.

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