A contract dispute that has already escalated into a programming disruption “may last indefinitely,” with Spanish-language viewers in the U.S. coming out on the short end, CNET reports.
“Over the weekend, Univision networks and stations disappeared from Dish. Both companies blame each other for the outage,” the story reports.
CNET adds: “On Monday, New York-based Univision said in a release that Dish dropped most of Univision’s networks and stations from its streaming service indefinitely on Saturday. The removal of its channels followed Colorado-based Dish’s rejection of a Univision offer to extend an existing contract, the network said.”
Dish reportedly offered a different version of the situation, saying Univision is trying to gain the upper hand in the contract standoff by withholding its programming, CNET reports.
“Univision is attempting to increase the rate it charges Dish by roughly 75 percent, Dish said on Saturday,” the story reports. “The Spanish-language network blocked Dish users’ access to its flagship Univision network, as well as its Galavision and UniMás channels, Dish said. Univision also blocked Dish’s Sling users from accessing all Univision channels, it said.”