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Dish Network customers lose FX, Fox Sports, NatGeo over rate dispute

The possible final games for outgoing Braves manager Bobby Cox may be blacked out for Dish Network customers if a dispute over rates isn't resolved by midnight tonight. CREDIT: Curtis Compton/ajc.com

Two of the three possible regular season final games for outgoing Braves manager Bobby Cox may be blacked out for Dish Network customers if a dispute over rates isn't resolved. CREDIT: Curtis Compton/ajc.com

If you’re a Dish Network customer and planning to watch two of the three final Atlanta Braves regularly scheduled season games this weekend, you may be out of luck.

News Corp.’s Fox is blocking Dish’s access to 19 Fox Sports channels, FX and the National Geographic Channel. The sticking point is rate increases. Dish said they are asking for transmission fee increase of more than 50 percent. Those increases are often passed on to customers in the form of higher monthly subscription rates.

In a press release today, Dish said, “Fox has flatly refused Dish Network’s request to allow customers to continue to watch these FOX channels during the negotiations.”

“Dish Network is not going to allow Fox or any programmer to bully our customers into paying such an unconscionable price increase,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for Dish Network in the press release.

The University of Georgia football game on Saturday night versus the Colorado Buffaloes is set to air on Fox Sports South, which would be unavailable if this dispute continues.

But good news, Dawg fans: Dish has come up with a work around. It has made some channels available that most Atlanta subscribers don’t normally get, including FSN Rocky Mountain (9664) and CSN Mid-Atlantic (9667) . Those networks are airing the Georgia-Colorado game. (UPDATE: I hear this work-around did not end up happening. I’m checking with Dish to see if that was indeed the case.)

There, so far, appears to be no other option for the affected Braves games SportsSouth is scheduled to air the Braves-Phillies game tonight at 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports South is set to air the Sunday game, which could be manager Bobby Cox’s final game ever, at 1:30 p.m. (The Saturday game at 4 p.m. will air on WAGA-TV, which Dish Network customers will have access to whether this dispute is resolved or not.)

Fox has its own website about the situation at www.getwhatipaidfor.com where it also notes that the Fox broadcast network might be affected on November 1 in a separate dispute. There, Fox points to alternative options such as DirecTV, Comcast and AT&T U-Verse.

In a media statement today, Fox said, “The proposal we’ve offered Dish is fair and in line with the tremendous value we provide.   We regret the inconvenience to our viewers, but Dish has asserted its subscribers do not value our channels and has made a decision to go forward without them.”

This move affects Dish Network’s 14.3 million nationwide customers. (Dish does not reveal metro specific numbers.)

According to Scarborough Research covering February 2009 to January 2010, the Atlanta metro area has 1.5 million households that subscribe to cable, 527,700 households who use DirecTV and 320,400 households who have Dish.

This current dispute does not impact Fox News, the Fox broadcast network (WAGA) or Fox Business Channel.

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305 comments Add your comment

Aaron O'Brien

September 30th, 2010
11:24 pm

what the S#!T I won’t go without sunny in philly
I’m not afraid to go to direct tv

erdrnick

September 30th, 2010
11:26 pm

Who do you think owns Direct TV?

Len Bierman

September 30th, 2010
11:28 pm

The national Geographic channel has alot of decent programming.
I hope you folks will come to some sort of agreement on this issue.
I like dishnetwork with alot of good programming.
You folks can tell fox that greed is not an option, coming from a loyal consumer, who spends alot of money each month on programming.
Thank you,
Len Bierman

Len Bierman

September 30th, 2010
11:29 pm

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Desiree

September 30th, 2010
11:47 pm

cannot lose FX I have been waiting all summer for Always Sunny this is my favorite show

Dawg Fan

September 30th, 2010
11:57 pm

There will be a bunch of mad Dawgs if the Colorado game is not shown.

observer

September 30th, 2010
11:58 pm

If you are a sports fan why would you want Dish network anyway? DirectTV is far superior.

kreedham

October 1st, 2010
12:15 am

Well I’m happy with Dish. But if they can’t work it out with Fox I’ve got no problems switching to Direct TV.

Sports Fan

October 1st, 2010
12:17 am

Its all about money. First of all DISH requires you to sign up for an upgraded package in order to get FOX Sports (part of the standard package on COX cable) and now they will be unable to provide that service. Don’t think for a minute that they will lower your monthly bill or let you out of your contract with them. Can anyone spell Class Action law suit?

bornloser

October 1st, 2010
1:02 am

get cable you morons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tim

October 1st, 2010
1:08 am

Well, it is 1:07 AM on Oct. 1st and I still have Fox Sports, FX and NatGeo. I guess Dish struck a deal.

tim

October 1st, 2010
1:11 am

You know, my Dish DVR box re-booted on its own 3 times this evening and updated the guide data. It happened around 11:00 PM. I wonder if they were working on removing these channels???

Yunel's Frosted Tips

October 1st, 2010
1:40 am

I think the deadline is midnite Pacific Time

Hiahwahnah

October 1st, 2010
2:35 am

Dishnetwork just told me that if fx is there then I keep it, if not, then it is gone. I am so pissed off I want to throw my box out the window!

Scott Blanks

October 1st, 2010
3:16 am

Unbelievable. Three games left in the season and still in the wild race and you do this? Unforgivable! Hello Uverse! Absolute hatred I feel for Dish right now!

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Billy

October 1st, 2010
5:59 am

Glad I have DirecTV!

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Jason

October 1st, 2010
6:31 am

U-verse is the way to go if you can get it.

Vod Kanockers

October 1st, 2010
7:06 am

I won’t be able to watch Motorhead Garage on FSN starring Atlanta’s own Sam Memmolo.

Kevin

October 1st, 2010
7:23 am

U-Verse!!!! Had it over a year now without any programming issues. HD looks great channel changing happens instantly. Plus they gave me a $250 check (no visa card, no bill credit, a check payable to ME) just for signing up online.

Thom

October 1st, 2010
7:25 am

Ive been a DirecTV customer for 8 years. Even though DirecTV owns a portion of DISH, they are completely different. It has to be a monsoon for DirecTV to go out yet if it barely sprinkled when I had DISH, I would lose signal. U-Verse is idiotic as they put the “box” over half a mile away from my home and I can’t get it. Have to be under 3000′ for U-Verse, but the people I talk to who have it says it freezes up and pixulates like a bad sat. picture sometimes.

Don’t be mad at DISH though, it’s not them that’s causing the outage, it’s the network. DISH is fighting for the consumer so they won’t have to raise their rates and the network is not granting DISH access while they are still in negotiations.

David

October 1st, 2010
7:29 am

I was at a cook out at my nieces house last weekend and had to miss the UGA game because they have dish and the game was not available on what they had. It was on an “upgrade” channel. You gotta be kidding me. I have also been places when the weather was bad and the channel was going in and out. Why does anybody have this crappy service? I don’t get it. I will keep my cable, thank you.

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ugatiger

October 1st, 2010
7:32 am

Hey pissed off Dish customers, for what it is worth, flood the phone lines and e-mails of your Public Service Commisioners, they will tell you they have nothing to do with it but they will step in and make recommendations if you flood it! We vote them in to help the public, we can vote them out!

Chris D.

October 1st, 2010
7:42 am

According to Dish’s website Fox sports rocky mountain will be made available for free. And after checking their schedule they will be showing GA game.

TheReally

October 1st, 2010
7:50 am

I remember when we had Dish and anything as minimal as a slight wind shift or even a hint of rain and the damn thing froze up or got distorted. I’ve had DirectTV since and like someone said it takes a freaking hurricane to knock the signal off. Interesting indeed.

Bhahahahaha

October 1st, 2010
7:52 am

Fox used to own DirecTV, now it is owned by Liberty which owns your Atlanta Braves.

BamaFan

October 1st, 2010
7:53 am

Directv is no better. We’ve had multiple issues with them too, and currently pay almost $100 a month for the basics. Despite the fact that my mother-in-law works for them, I would change in a minute if there were more options, other than Dish, Directv, or Charter where I live. What happened to customer service in this country?

Southern Dog

October 1st, 2010
7:59 am

What is the dish channel number for fox sports rocky mountain? Thanks

Kevin O'Connell

October 1st, 2010
8:00 am

All you bozos who shout cable and U-Verse: Not everybody lives where there is cable. There are a whole bunch of us who live outside the area served. This action is violation of contract by Dish. I just got signed up a couple of months ago and the service is fine. Major reasons for signing were saving money by bundling with my phone and Internet and to see college football. I am also a huge Braves fan and have enjoyed watching them again after not having any kind of live TV for nearly five years. But hey, this is not the end of the world. Take that time you would have been watching and serve the Lord by being a blessing to others.

bravesgrl4life

October 1st, 2010
8:00 am

http://www.getwhatipaidfor.com will let you enter your zip code and choose your DISH provider (either U-verse or Alltel Corp). When you click on Submit, it will tell you if you are still getting service or not.

Chief Hittabatta

October 1st, 2010
8:00 am

I still prefer Dish. Some channels are only available on by satellite, and DirecTV is too dam expensive. If all you watch is basic cable anyway, then your carrier doesn’t matter, but for international channels, satellite is a must.

Chief Hittabatta

October 1st, 2010
8:02 am

I serve the Lord by watching sports!

Janice Zeigler

October 1st, 2010
8:02 am

Recently DUMPED THE DISH and switched to DIRECT TV. WILL NOT go back after the way I was treated as one of their LOYAL CUSTOMERS.

dawg day afternoon

October 1st, 2010
8:10 am

You can watch Georgia vs. Colorado on Dish Network channel 9667, which is Comcast Sports Net (Dish is giving customers 12 channels free during this Fox lockout). Problem solved.

dawg day afternoon

October 1st, 2010
8:21 am

You should be more mad at Fox: they’re the ones that cut the channels.

And the only reason they cut them is because Dish refused to raise YOUR satellite bill.

Greg

October 1st, 2010
8:24 am

Dish sucks. DTV suck. Cable sucks.
They all suck.

JJ

October 1st, 2010
8:27 am

You better believe they will hear from me.

brokeback jacket

October 1st, 2010
8:31 am

How will I watch the tech game now?? No way I’m buying a ticket, they play in the ghetto!! Go honey bees!!

joe

October 1st, 2010
8:35 am

Seems to me the way UGA is playing, nobody would want to watch them lose again anyway!

Jerry

October 1st, 2010
8:38 am

Read the article. Dish is trying to hold the line on rates. Fox sucks and Rupert Murdoch should be sent packing back to his home country. He has enough money.

dep

October 1st, 2010
8:42 am

directv rocks!

whm

October 1st, 2010
8:43 am

Thanks dawgdayafternoon for the headsup on 9667. In researching your statement, I also see a bunch of baseball on 9664 through 9672. No Braves, but you can see SF vs San Diego fight for division/wild card. I agree completely with 8:21 post, that it is not Dish that pays, it is the customer. Dish is sticking up for them. Once Braves regular season is over, I do not think I will miss Fox sports south at all. I am not a fan of rerun fishing shows.

Rodney Ho

October 1st, 2010
8:45 am

I’m checking with a Fox Sports spokeswoman to confirm that 9667 work around.

ToccoaDawg

October 1st, 2010
8:51 am

I prefer the changes to a fox sports rate hike

Surfer

October 1st, 2010
8:52 am

I have had dish for four years and am very happy. Only lose the signal when there is very intense rainfall. I would lose my cable much more frequently. Thanks Dish for fighting such an outrageous rate increase. I can watch the UGA game at a sports bar.

srf

October 1st, 2010
8:52 am

Any Phillies network workaround to see the Braves ?

Sounds To Me

October 1st, 2010
8:54 am

Sounds to Me like McGarity is working the schedule.
LMAO!!!!