Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are no longer being carried on Dish Network after the companies failed to agree on the terms of a new distribution pact.
Dish Network Corp. DISH, +0.46% has been negotiating with the two Fox channels for the past several weeks, as The Wall Street Journal reported early Sunday. In a statement on Saturday, Englewood-Colo.-based Dish said Fox blacked out the two news channels in an attempt to increase fees for other sports and entertainment channels. The Fox channels’ parent company is 21st Century Fox Inc. FOX, -0.08%
Warren Schlicting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, said in a statement: “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the Realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well.” He added: “Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract.”
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