Fox and Dish Network are duking it out over broadcast fees.
… Fox Networks is blocking Dish’s access to its Fox Sports channels, FX and NatGeo. 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.”
If, like me, you’re a Georgia fan who subscribes to Dish, is that a potential problem for this weekend? Not necessarily.
The University of Georgia football game on Saturday night versus Colorado 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 Channel 9667, which is Comcast Rocky Mountain. That network is airing the Georgia-Colorado game. In that case, you’ll hear the game from the Colorado perspective but at least you’ll get the game.
As long as Thom Brennaman isn’t on the FSS broadcast team, we’ll manage.