Dish, Fox Reach Retrans Pact

Multi-year deal covers TV stations and sports channels FS1, FS2, BTN, others
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Dish Network said it has reached a multi-year carriage deal with Fox Corp., for the programmer’s owned and operated TV stations, and sports channels FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience as we worked to reach a long-term agreement that restores the Fox networks and local broadcast stations,” Dish said in a statement.

The Fox channels went dark to Dish customers on Sept. 26 after the two could not reach an agreement. Dish claimed that Fox was demanding double-digit pricing increases while Fox claimed the satellite TV service provider was using the blackout as a negotiating ploy. In the end the two reached a compromise.

Fox confirmed the agreement in a statement.

“We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Dish and Sling, and they are immediately restoring their subscribers’ access to the Fox networks and television stations,” Fox said in its statement. “We are grateful to our viewers for their patience during this disruption.” 

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