I've got some bad news for Dish customers. The satellite provider and Fox News have been engaged in an ugly negotiating battle that ultimately led to Dish customers losing access to America's most watched news channel. The messy break up has both sides spitting accusations and customers wondering what they should do.
Service providers and networks are constantly haggling with each other to negotiate the prices that providers will pay for a network's channels. Occasionally, no agreement can be made and customers are the real losers, because they lose out on channels they want. Fox News is blaming Dish for the divorce and is encouraging viewers to switch to other providers and even set up keepfoxnews.com to help customers find new one in their area. Customers also lost access to The Fox Business Network.
“I’ll do everything in my power to make sure our customers can switch providers as quickly as possible,” [Executive Vice President for Distribution Tim] Carry said in an interview. The terms Fox offered the company are similar to deals cut with other cable and satellite-TV operators, he said.
But, Dish tells a different story.