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Dish, Fox resolve month-long dispute over Fox Sports, FX, NatGeo

sons_of_anarchy_season-3Dish Network and Fox finally came to an agreement today over carriage fees for Fox Sports channels, FX and the National Geographic Channel. Dish and Fox agreed to lift the black-out on programming that has affected Dish customers the past four weeks.

During that time, sports fans were left in the dark for two of Bobby Cox’s final regular season games for the Braves and several SEC football match-ups. FX fans missed several episodes of “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” National Geographic followers had to live without “The Dog Whisperer,” among other shows.

Dish a month ago said Fox was asking for too much of an increase in its rates, mostly focused around its sports channels, which tend to be more expensive than the entertainment channels. (ESPN charges more than $4 per subscriber, for example.)

This multi-year deal, details of which were not disclosed, also means Fox won’t be pulling its Fox broadcast network, home to “Glee” and “House,” on Nov. 1. That was when that carriage deal was supposed to end.

Dish serves 14.3 million customers nationwide. The service does not break down metro-area numbers but 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.

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tim

October 29th, 2010
6:45 pm

tim

October 29th, 2010
6:46 pm

No one is here to celebrate my joy. Oh well….

tim

October 29th, 2010
6:50 pm

Anyway, I spoke with Dish last night and asked if I could break my 1 year remaining on my contract. When she asked why I told her that while I do miss Fox SportsSouth, I will really miss Fox 5 with the World Series going on. The Dish person told me that the rumor that Dish was going to pull the local Fox affiliate was, and I quote here, ‘propaganda’. She told me there was never any talk by Dish to remove the local Fox affiliates. Hmmmm……

patricia

October 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

how wonderful! but i won’t be watching any new fox programming, but my spouse will be happy to have his “sons” back! so yes, tim, we celebrate your joy too!

Saul

October 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

I blame Obama

D Voice of Reason

October 29th, 2010
6:56 pm

It’s about time. This was a silly disagreement between two rich, spoiled children that knew they couldn’t live without each other. Thanks goodness this is resolved so I can get the Hawks and Thrashers games again.

D Voice of Reason

October 29th, 2010
6:58 pm

Also Dish knew that they would have had big problems if NFL games and Fox prime time programming had gotten pulled.

Pepper

October 29th, 2010
7:01 pm

Saul…..I agree with you, and will remember who’s responsible next Tuesday and in 2012.

Vexorg

October 29th, 2010
7:03 pm

GOOD FOR US! Now I don’t have to sit thru anymore commercials on Channel 5 WAGA urging me to switch to DISH, AT&T, COMCAST, etc.

I’ve always had GREAT Service from DISH Network, I cannot say the same for the former MediaOne, now Comcast…that DECIEVED the customers with a rate hike that was SUPPOSED to bring high-speed FIBER OPTIC into EVERY HOME in Atlanta…as well as their pathetic customer service!

D Voice of Reason

October 29th, 2010
7:05 pm

Tim, Fox pulled its channels not the other way around. A big part of Dish’s spin was that they didn’t pull anything and that Fox was being a bully. I was planning to switch to DirecTV if Fox 5 had gotten pulled.

D Voice of Reason

October 29th, 2010
7:07 pm

Saul and Pepper, clever double-post under those names. I assume it was an attempt at humor.

Rick

October 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

I’m really glad they got this worked out. I was going to change to Direct TV in December, but didn’t want to. I think Direct TV’s equipment is not as user friendly, and their DVR is not near as good. Now I don’t have to change!

Chris

October 29th, 2010
7:51 pm

Tim, you are a DORK! Get a life.

bxnyc

October 29th, 2010
7:52 pm

Fox is doing the same thing here in NYC with cablevision shutting out the ACLS, NCLS and now the world series, I hope you all get it now. Rupert Murdoch is all about the bottom line, that does not excuse the owners of cablevision (the Dolan family) but to ask for outrageous fees to carry the feed to stations that used to be free is highway robbery. Of course, fox’s other so called national news network that carries the propoganda using hannity/o’reilly & beck who attempts to look professorial with his glasses & chalkboard them shoots himself in the mouth did not pull the plug. Why, because a month away from the idiots indoctrinated especially this close to election would take away their ability to further indoctrinate the dimwitted hatemongers.

bxnyc

October 29th, 2010
7:56 pm

Follow up, fox is still in dispute with cablevision so the rest of the country be very afraid, fox is indimidating the rest of the networks, they did it to NBC just before the Oscar broadcast, if this isn’t blackmail I dont know what is.

Billy

October 29th, 2010
8:23 pm

I have DirecTV, and we had to do without Versus for a while, thankfully they got that resolved!

Mid Ga Retiree

October 29th, 2010
8:25 pm

It would be interesting to know how many customers DISH has already lost because of this dispute.

Kapoonka

October 29th, 2010
9:24 pm

@Saul..I blame Yo-Mama

j rev

October 29th, 2010
9:40 pm

bxnyc

I believe you got that mixed up, cablevision pays for FOX’s broadcast.

Girl

October 29th, 2010
9:52 pm

Mid GA- They lost us. Their response to this mess was pathetic. Dish charges for things to be fixed even when it’s their fault and it always goes out when it rains. We were over them anyways but missing the Braves game put the nail in the coffin.

AngryRedMarsWoman

October 29th, 2010
10:24 pm

Glad to have Fox back in time to see the Thrashers beat the Sabres. Missing the Braves was one thing…but when I couldn’t see the Thrashers (even though I have special Center Ice programming, local feeds are blacked out) I was researching options and getting ready to switch to Comcast after 10 years with Dish. So happy now that I don’t have to go through the hassle. I rarely lose Dish due to weather and have been happy with pricing and service…but I NEED my Thrashers.

Chief Wiggum

October 29th, 2010
10:25 pm

I wonder when these small battles will result in honest, true, a-la-carte programming. When I had DirecTV, I paid no attention to about 90% of the channels. I’d pay more per channel, if I could have a lot less channels, and get to actually choose which ones I would get. I was paying about $55 a month for DirecTV, and would have gladly taken 50 less channels if I could have saved $5-$10 a month.

We’ve heard talk about a la carte programming for years, but so far, it’s all B.S. Still the same old tiers, and loads of channels we’ll never watch.

Paul

October 29th, 2010
10:34 pm

Dish acted honorably from the beginning. They broadcast warnings for several months and put notices up on their website. Dish is the “little guy” getting stomped by the big (foreign monied) Fox.
OTOH, Fox does have ratings 3-4 times higher than any other broadcast medium to justify their demands.
I’m happy they worked it out. I enjoy paying half of what other companies charge, and Dish’s customer service and website content are among the best. Beware of their “partners” who also sell their service and provide after sale service, I hear lots of horror stories about them. Deal directly with Dish.

ATL Guy

October 29th, 2010
10:56 pm

Fox News is the American equivalent of Al Jazeera.

YOU

October 29th, 2010
11:13 pm

The guy above me is an idiot. THANK YOU DISH. Great news. I’ve never had a problem with dish network.

dawgster

October 29th, 2010
11:34 pm

bxnyc…yea,,,fox is all propaganda…it needs to be more lkide MSNBC and CNN..now they never have any propaganda…i mean they report everything very accurately…especially MSNBC with Keith Overbite and Rachel Maddog….I hate to go to name calling, but watching them absolutely makes me sick…and according to all the rating poles they rank at the bottom..and that is a fact…you can check it out for yourself…just thought i would put my two cents worth in…i know thats not worth much but hey MSNBC does it all the time…I don’t agree with all of the fox news shows you mentioned, but at least they do present both sides of the arguments…tell me when you have anything on MSNBC that tries to show both sides of the issues…and lets not forget Chris Mouth Matthews…have you ever watched is interviews…if the guest doesn’t completely agree with him he gets rude and cuts them off or ends the segment…he does that when he’s losing the argument..well enough political statements tonight…on Tues we will start to bring our Country back togetther and maybe we can see our Country united again..thats what it is going to take to help get people back to work and to quit drowning ourselfs with this tremendous debt that our kids and grandkids will have to deal with…i would hope both parties and the President could work together and put their differences behind them…get out and vote Tues…it won’t solve all the problems but it will be a great start….

Chadrow

October 30th, 2010
12:16 am

LOL @ Kapoonka :)

Yeah Saul & Pepper…Yo-mama!!!

fact

October 30th, 2010
12:54 am

No voice of reason,atl gay,kapoonka?.chadrow…..see who’s laughing after Nov2.
No-bama is a joke. He took Carters place as the worse Pres ever!

long live Dish………..for people to cheap to get Direct.

bob

October 30th, 2010
2:04 am

So who won? What were the terms? Will we all pay double for our dish or cable bills soon? Oh yea, AJC is bed with all those worms.

reason

October 30th, 2010
3:51 am

All these companies don’t else about what their customers think, You do sign a 2 year contract in good faith, and they don’t fulfill their part of the deal.
You discover that you have to do all the technical work yourself or pay out of your package additional money to get a servicemen to fix their equipment for which you rent at a high price, and an additional cost for everything else.
These companies nickel and dime you to death.
Freedom of choice, we don’t have to have cable, dish, and direct tv, but the curse of wanting entertainment is powerful, but up to a point.
Dish, won’t even make a deal to carry the Baseball package, because it cost to much.
There is not a lack of religious or junk sale programming channels.
They are going to keep gashing the customers, until the government steps in, and really screws up everything, and I feel it won’t be long.

DishFreeFinally

October 30th, 2010
4:16 am

Dish, DirectTV and Comcast are all dinosaurs. U-verse just made it impossible for me to tell them no…a good enough deal to make me terminate Dish with a year left on my commitment! (U-verse is giving me a $200 rebate after 30 days to pay for the Dish termination fee!) I switched because we just got a new HD TV for the den. Dish wanted $100 up front, more $ each month (of course) and a renewed (may have been additional) 2-year commitment(!!!) – just to upgrade 1 TV to an HD signal. To avoid the new commitment they said, I could instead buy 1 new receiver for $449. I’ve been a customer for almost 10 years, I deserve a little better than that. This is not some promo for AT&T, I just got a bad deal from Dish and a good deal for u-verse and thought I’d share my experience.

bobfromAcworth

October 30th, 2010
7:25 am

This is definitely good news. What I would like an answer to is this, does Murdoch actually own part of DirecTV like the rumor I heard? It sounded like he was squeezing Dish to get the end users to move to his DirecTV holdings. If that is true, it should be investigated. If it a rumor then it should at least be denied and the truth about how much Dish is paying for these channels should come out. I have a revolutionary idea, how about we ask the users if they want to pay for the local tv channels! I would pay a reasonable fee for them just to avoid termination fees, or putting up an HD TV antenna or switching carriers. The customer gets the short stick every time!

The Nerd

October 30th, 2010
8:19 am

Eventually, you hate Obama b/c he’s African-American. Say that is the case, and DON’T deny it!
As for Comcast, it’s not as worse than Charter (Too darn few channels).

jacks

October 30th, 2010
8:37 am

Direct Tv is owned by Fox so there was more than just money involved. I have had Dish since 99, they have a good product and for some reason are also con artist. They are very ethically challenged so keep your eye on them.

Baltiraul

October 30th, 2010
8:45 am

Dish did not have many customers to begin with. I see them as the big loser in this fall-out. They are expensive and gouge every penny they can from you. I am going back to comcast! By the way their customer service has improved alot!

Ben

October 30th, 2010
9:01 am

This mess was not caused only by Fox grubbing for more money. It was an effort to get subscribers to cancel Dish and subscribe to Direct since Fox and Direct are owned by the same people. When it became evident that was not working like they thought it would, they gave up the fight and allowed Dish back on.
It’s either that or it was the popular “It’s all Bushs fault”, which has been the main excuse for everything the last two years.

Jerk

October 30th, 2010
9:18 am

About freaking time! I hope the executives from Fox die in a car crash or get murdered in their homes. Greed is evil!

Gary

October 30th, 2010
9:25 am

I love to see all the lemmings here talk about “poor Fox” , America’s Pravda. And how many of you morons even know what that means? It was supposed to be US, as in U.S. that own the airwaves, not the idiots you dopes vote for who have privatized this mess and now we’re not only paying to watch but we’re slammed with constant commercials too. Keep it up sheeple. You’ll kill this country yet.

AtlFlamesFan

October 30th, 2010
10:06 am

The genie is out of the bottle, but I wish, when the rules were written, that a provider would have been forced to make a choice for thier revenue; either no commercials and charge per subscriber (HBO, Showtime, TCM, etc) or have advertisements but no charge per user. Several years ago ESPN started the trend of charging per subscriber (while already having advertisment revenue), and rates have skyrocketed since then.

Mad@Dish

October 30th, 2010
10:25 am

Too little, too late. I have already switched from Dish to AT&T uverse because of this debacle. In my opionion it is Dish’s obligation to make sure they’re customers continue to get the programming we pay for!!!

TRUTH

October 30th, 2010
10:55 am

I’m not so sure……

Jeremiah

October 30th, 2010
11:15 am

bxnyc is an absolute idiot.

justme

October 30th, 2010
11:16 am

I am very happy (and $70 richer each month) just getting over the air channels. There isn’t anything on TV worth watching.

Jeremiah

October 30th, 2010
11:17 am

I agree with Mad@Dish…I switched to DirecTV after having been a Dish customer for over 10 years…Missing the final series of Bobby Cox’s final season was the straw that broke the camel’s back. That was unacceptable, and I don’t blame Fox at all. They were trying to raise the rates to what the others were paying, and what the market allows for, but Dish cried and wanted to take their ball home. They lose, and in the process lost a lot of loyal, long term customers.

Curios George

October 30th, 2010
11:20 am

Yes We Can. Yes We Can. You would think they would say “Thank You”. Change. Change. bla bla bla

Bubba

October 30th, 2010
11:23 am

Gary. chill out bro

boots

October 30th, 2010
11:36 am

Dish acted very well towards me as a customer during this dispute. They gave me access to the UGA-KY pay-per-view to make up for another blackout, and they gave me access to some other programing along the way. I was very happy with their customer service, and I think they acted very well compared to Fox. Glad to say I am staying with Dish.

'bout to get dish

October 30th, 2010
11:43 am

They need to make every channel a-la-cart. Otherwise, they ought to stick all the Fox channels in their own package and charge a ton for it. Let the people decide if they want to pay that much for Fox versus other channels. The market will decide how much it is worth.

tangoromeo

October 30th, 2010
11:47 am

I have been involved in the multimedia industry for 15 years now, providing digital services and video on demand products to the home. Here is a news flash to everyone….all cable and satellite companies customer service sux. That is a given. But what has always amazed me is when people complain about rate changes. How do you expect these companies to pay for the services that you want? Digital TV, DVR, multi room DVR, video on demand, Hi-Def channels, and now 3D channels. I am a sports fanatic, especially college football. Has anyone noticed the amount of football games that are on TV on a Saturday now? It is insane! 20 years ago, you would get 3, maybe 4 college games on a Saturday. Of course you have to pay more for it.

There are choices out there for people that don’t want to pay the prices of cable/satellite. With high speed internet, the web offers a lot of content that you can stream. When I lost Fox SportsSouth, I just went on-line and watched the games there. ESPN3.com has lots of games available every Saturday, all for FREE.

A-la-carte channels is an idea that has been around a long time, but the networks have been fighting it for years.

Don’t just blame the cable/satellite companies when you have a rate change.

Bob

October 30th, 2010
11:50 am

Blame it on Bush!!!