DISH said that News Corp., the parent firm of Fox, “is demanding a new contract with an unprecedented rate increase 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,” Dave Shull, senior VP of programming for DISH Network, said in a statement.
Scott Grogin, a spokesman for Fox, reacted by saying that the figure cited was “patently false” and a “gross overstatement.”
Fox made an offer five months ago but DISH did not act on the proposal, according to Grogin.
“We have attempted to negotiate with them virtually every day since then and they have not been willing to come to the table with any kind of reasonable suggestion,” Grogin said.
The DISH Network said that they will broadcast sports channels like NBA TV, ESPN Classic, NFL Network, and others as replacement for the Fox channels which were cut.