Fox Networks today began blocking Dish Network’s customers from viewing Fox Sports, FX and NatGeo cable channels after a rate dispute, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Radio & TV Talk blog.
Dish said the dispute is over Fox Networks’ request for a 50% rate increase, which are often passed onto customers through subscription rate increases, the story says.
The dispute doesn’t affect Fox News, the Fox broadcast network or Fox Business Channel, the story adds.
Dish’s 14.3 million customers, though, won’t have access to Fox Sports, FX and NatGeo.
In a press release, Dave Shull, senior vice president of programming for Dish, said, "Dish Network is not going to allow Fox or any programmer to bully our customers into paying such an unconscionable price increase."