Fox Sports networks dropped from Dish Network, Sling Friday in new carriage dispute
Dish Network and Sling subscribers lost access to 21 regional Fox Sports regional networks Friday after the satellite and streaming service and television network failed to reach a new agreement.
The outage started at noon ET Friday and both sides say in competing statements that the other is to blame for the blackout.
Fox Sports said on its website that officials “offered to extend DISH and Sling under the current terms of our existing agreement, but DISH and Sling rejected our offer.”
The outage currently affects MLB, NBA and NHL games on the regional networks.
“We know fans are looking forward to the broadcasts during the stretch run of baseball season, and we hope DISH and Sling act to return this programming to their customers,” Fox Sports said on the website it is using to update viewers on the latest outage.
In an update to subscribers, Dish Network said the Walt Disney Company, which owns Fox Sports, “is making unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their stations” and refused Dish’s attempts to extend the contract.
“The fact is, only FOX Regional Sports Networks can choose to remove their content from DISH customers,” Dish said on its website. “Sports are the most expensive programming out there, and players’ salaries have increased … That money has to come from somewhere, making sports the most expensive part of customer’s bills.”
The latest outage comes less than a week after several CBS-owned stations were dropped early Saturday for DirecTV, U-verse and DirecTV NOW customers after CBS and AT&T didn’t reach a new agreement.
The ongoing outage between AT&T and Nexstar also continues. More than 120 Nexstar stations that include ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC network affiliates have been dark on DirecTV and U-verse since 11:59 p.m. local time July 3.
On Thursday, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., introduced the Modern Television Act of 2019.
In a statement, they said the bill is to “repeal outdated regulations of the 1992 Cable Act, including retransmission consent and compulsory copyright license, to increase competition in the TV marketplace and to better address perennial broadcast TV blackouts.”
Eshoo said in the statement that her constituents are currently facing major broadcast outages and that there have been over 200 blackouts this year, which is more than double the number from a few years ago.
“These outdated laws aren’t just bad for the market, they’re hurting consumers,” Eshoo said. “When blackouts take place, consumers are held hostage during the disputes between the broadcasters and the cable company.”
- Fox Sports Arizona
- Fox Sports Carolinas
- Fox Sports Detroit
- Fox Sports Florida
- Fox Sports Indiana
- Fox Sports Kansas City
- Fox Sports Midwest
- Fox Sports New Orleans
- Fox Sports North
- Fox Sports Ohio
- Fox Sports Oklahoma
- Fox Sports Prime Ticket
- Fox Sports San Diego
- Fox Sports South
- Fox Sports Southeast
- Fox Sports Southwest
- Fox Sports Sun
- Fox Sports Tennessee
- Fox Sports West
- Fox Sports Wisconsin
- SportsTime Ohio