Dish 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.