Disney Channel HD, Disney XD HD, ABC Family HD and ESPNews HD have been dropped by the Dish Network in a conflict with parent company Disney over carriage fees, reports Multichannel News. Dish contends that Disney has requested significant fees for those four HD channels.
According to the article, Dish Network media relations said, in a statement, "Dish Network offers all customers ‘HD Free for Life,’ which is possible because we are committed to negotiating fair contracts that allow us to keep our prices low. That is why we could not agree to the significant fees requested by Disney and ESPN Networks for the HD feeds of Disney East, Disney XD, ESPNews and ABC Family."
In response, Disney issued this statement, the article said: "The recent New York State Court ruling confirms our position that Dish Network is not entitled to carry ABC Family HD, Disney Channel HD, Disney XD HD and ESPNews HD without paying compensation. We hope that Dish will work with us to reach an agreement so that we can make these HD networks available to their customers."