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  • Fox Unleashes Pre-planned Commercial Blitz Blaming Dish for Carriage Dispute

    Fox aired multiple scripted commercials featuring actors regarding the carriage dispute with Dish, so this is clearly something they’ve been prepared for. When was that taped? When were the scripted commercials taped? Fox has clearly been prepared for Dish Network pulling the channels for a long while, and they’re now putting on an all-out blitz.

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  • DISH Loses Fox Corp Broadcast, Cable Networks

    DISH claims that Fox is demanding a double-digit percentage rate increase for continued carriage of its local channels. It said the programmer is also attempting to force a bundling of its local channels and cable networks in order to get more money from the deal and gain negotiating leverage. In order to avoid a blackout, DISH said it offered Fox a short-term contract extension to Fox that would include a retroactive true-up when new rates were agreed upon.“Fox had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving its channels up,” DISH SVP, programming Andy LeCuyer said in a statement. “Instead, Fox chose to harm its viewers.”

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  • Fox Sports Networks Dropped from Dish Network, Sling Friday in New Carriage Dispute

    “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.”

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  • Sinclair Goes on the Offensive in Retransmission Dispute with AT&T

    The system does appear to be broken in a sense. As of July, the U.S. had experienced 213 blackouts as a result of retransmission disputes since the beginning of the year – tying the previous year-long record, according to the American Television Alliance, which includes consumer groups, video providers and independent programmers. Pay-TV operators have approached the FCC and Congress, seeking changes to the regulations that govern local broadcast content distribution.

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  • Fox Warns Altice’s Optimum And Suddenlink Subscribers About Impasse

    Fox has started spreading the word that its distribution deal with Altice USA is set to expire in the coming days, warning that a blackout could leave millions of Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers without access to key fall programming. The pact covers the Fox broadcast network, FX, FS1, Nat Geo and other networks, so the dispute threatens big draws like NFL and college football and the upcoming Major League Baseball playoffs. “We are disappointed that they have started threatening to black out certain channels in an effort to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in new fees from us and our customers,” [Altice’s] statement said. “Programming costs are the greatest contributor to rising cable costs, and we urge Fox to stop its threats and instead focus on negotiating an agreement that is fair for consumers.”

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  • ATVA: Retransmission Battles Rage On, Record TV Blackouts in 2019 Already

    The year is only a little more than halfway over, yet 2019 television blackouts already have reached the previous annual record, according to the American Television Alliance (ATVA). The year already has seen 230 blackouts in which broadcasters block video providers from carrying their content. The previous annual record was set in 2017. Last year’s annual total was 165.

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  • AT&T Drops CBS-owned Stations from DIRECTV, U-verse TV Line-ups

    CBS-owned television stations have now been removed from the channel line-ups of DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and AT&T U-verse TV customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore and 117 CBS stations and affiliates on DIRECTV NOW. In addition, CBS Sports Network has been dropped nationally from DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, while Smithsonian Channel has been similarly removed from DIRECTV.

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