DISH Network loses Fox channels over contract dispute

Oct 3rd, 2010 Entertainment. RSS 2.0.

dish network DISH Network loses Fox channels over contract disputeThe DISH Network has lost on Friday some 19 regional sports networks owned by Fox because the two sides have failed to forge a new agreement.

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.

62 Comments for “DISH Network loses Fox channels over contract dispute”

  1. Brian


    As soon as fox is gone so am I !!!!!

  2. Nathan


    This is Shameful. I really hate FOX.

    like, Irreconcilably. I’m PROUD of DISH for standing up and fighting back against FOX.

    FOX may have the RIGHT to ask for more money, but that doesn’t mean it’s good.

    and it CERTAINLY doesn’t look good when people find out not that not only did you refuse to agree to a lower price, but now you’re FUNDING the ads AGAINST DISH, claiming that it’s their fault.

    F**k you FOX. Seriously.

  3. Carrie Eggleston


    FOX keeps trying to blame DISH Network. But FOX won’t even take my calls. The FOX operator hung up on me when I tried to tell them I was missing my favorite show. DISH is the only one that is willing to work with and for customers.

  4. Rafi


    Shit!!! No “The League.” I am out, this is gay.

  5. Hnry Zimmerman


    I’m really angered by the situation. The only reason I subscribed to Dish was to get the Fox SW channels and pick up most of the Big 12 games (had to pay extra for that priviledge). If this goes on much longer I don’t know what to do….I want to watch what I have been paying for…………………by the way, the channels given as a substitue are meaningless to me and my family.

  6. Charlene


    I am not sure who to believe – but I watch a lot of FOX shows and if they are gone so am I!

  7. Joe


    I am seriously surprised at all of you people. You agreed in your contract that you signed, and obviously didn’t read, that rates and programming are subject to change without notice. Please tell me why you go to a provider that makes you pay for your local channels, has line-of-sight limitations, $5 more a month for dual-tuner receivers that are not connected to a phone line, and shoddy extras that help add to the value of the product? I don’t get it. Charlie Ergen of EchoStar Communications is a real cheap bastard, if you ask me. There’s no reason that a retransmission issue should ever get to this point. when the original contract is signed they should have a pretty good idea of the termination date, and start negotiations earlier if they do not want this type of backlash.


  8. This seems ridiculous, I heard the message on the radio but I didn’t want to believe it,

    I called DISH and FOX and asked them the same question to see how they would react. Simply put “Why can’t I watch Fox News?”

    The lady at DISH was very straight forward with me, the same goes for the woman at FOX. Not sure who is truly at fault here.

  9. anon


    I really could care less about FOX leaving. According to this article and another, all DISH is losing are sports, FX, and National Geographic. The only channel out of that list was FX and I’ve found a substitute for it. And I hope you guys know that the FOX channels that were “supposed” to be gone have been gone for about 2 weeks now. Anyway, why would you really want to pay more for the channels anyway? You can watch this stuff online. If you have the money then fine but you know eventually FOX will go back to DISH with a lower price because some people don’t want to switch like myself. I already have 2 DVRs and I do NOT want to go to DirecTV . It’s all supply and demand. If we as customers demand and choose not to switch, FOX will eventually need to do something and they will have to go back to DISH. So long as not a lot of people switch because of this.

  10. MARIO


    FOX NETWORKS HAS A HISTORY OF DOING THIS. IF YOU LEAVE DISH AND THE TIME COMES FOR YOUR NEW PAY TV PROVIDER’S CONTRACT TO GO TO NEGOTIATIONS….. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN?? HMMM…. FIND A NEUTRAL MEDIA OUTLET AND GET YOUR INFO. REUTERS HAS GOOD INFO. IF DISH AGREES TO FOX’S DEMANDS, THE WILLL HAVE TO INCREASE THEIR CUSTOMERS RATES $9.63 PER MONTH. MULTIPLY THAT BY 14.3 MILLION. WHAT DOES THAT COME OUT TO???

  11. 8 year Dish Customer


    Dish lost me as a customer on this one. I want the channels Fox has and I am willing to pay for them. After 8 years I switched to AT&T. I will not fight Dish’s fight. They do not pay me to call anyone. I do pay the bills and that is what counts. I now get what I pay for. Cox cable did the same thing to me 8 years ago when I switched to DISH. Now DISH is offering me money and premium channels as well as a DVR. I should have been given one a long time ago but wanted to charge me because I was an existing customer. They also treated me badly on the phone and said I had to get a LMV??? off of the Dish on my roof to send back. I did not put the dish up on my roof and I bet its against the law to make me get it myself. I can’t believe I stayed with Dish as long as I did. I will NEVER go back.

  12. DICK


    WHO CARES I SWITCHED TO DIRECT TV AND GOT A CHEAPER PRICE AND NOW AM GETTING THE CHANNELS DISH SCREWED ME ON, I DONT GIVE A SHIT WHOS FAULT IT IS I SWITCHED AND LIFE GOES ON LIFES TO SHORT TO GET IN THE MIDDLE OF THESE TWO DICKHEAD COMPANIES MOVE ON.

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