The league-owned cable channel and the satellite provider on Tuesday resolved a carriage dispute that has seen NFL Network blacked out from Dish customers since June. Inclusion of NFL Network on Sling TV, where it was not previously carried, had been a sticking point in negotiations between the two sides over a renewed agreement. Terms of the renewal were not disclosed.
In June, the league cut a deal with Sony to make NFL Network available on the company’s streaming channel bundle PlayStation Vue.
The deal also avoids a Dish blackout of NFL RedZone channel during the upcoming football season.
“We are pleased to see NFL Network and NFL RedZone back on Dish Network,” said Hans Schroeder, senior vice president, media strategy, business development and sales for the NFL said yesterday. “This has been a thoughtful negotiation that resulted in a great outcome for our fans. Dish is an important distributor of NFL Network and NFL RedZone, and we are excited to expand our distribution to new fans on the fast-growing Sling TV platform.”
Dish’s traditional satellite service reaches roughly 7 million homes. Sling TV, a Dish service that delivers a low-cost suite of channels over broadband, has roughly 600,000 subscribers.