"Dish regrets the effect of the disruption on consumers."
Fox News Channel fans who are subscribers to Dish Network are out of luck after the two companies failed to reach an agreement on a new distribution contract this week. The channels went dark at 12:01 am on Sunday.
Until an agreement is reached Dish has replaced the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel with "The Blaze" and CNBC Network. The Blaze is a conservative network owned by Glenn Beck.
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Fox has since gone out to ask subscribers to cut their subscriptions to Dish Network due to the contract dispute. The New York based broadcasting company introduced a website, keepfoxnews.com, that enables users to type in their zip code to find other satellite or cable operators to switch over to from Dish.
Executive Vice President Time Carry said that the site has generated over 22,000 emails and 7,000 phone calls requesting that Dish add the cable news company back to its programming line-up.
“I’ll do everything in my power to make sure our customers can switch providers as quickly as possible,” 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.
Dish on-the-other-hand is arguing that Fox is trying to raise prices for services that aren't part of the contract. They state that Fox is asking for more money to pay for its sports networks and entertainment channels that aren't included as part of Dish Networks package deal for the news channels.
“It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, said in the statement. Dish regrets the effect of the disruption on consumers and is committed to reaching an agreement, he said.
Fox said Dish was to blame for prematurely shutting down the network "in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations."