A contract dispute that has already resuted in Dish Network’s satellite and over-the-top Sling TV services dumping the Hispanic broadcaster Univision may never be resolved, according to Dish.
Variety reports that Dish said in a 10-Q regulatory filing today: “This removal could become permanent.”
Variety notes that on June 30, “after Dish and Univision failed to come to terms on a contract renewal, more than 60 Univision-owned stations and cable channels including UniMás and Galavision went dark on Dish’s pay-TV platforms.”
Dish reportedly noted that Univision’s programming is available via over-the-air antennas and over the Internet through the Univision Now subscription service.
“Dish’s comments on Univision came as the operator reported results for the second quarter of 2018,” Variety adds. “It shed 151,000 total pay-TV customers in the period, losing 192,000 satellite TV subs (to stand at 10.65 million total) and gaining 41,000 for Sling TV (2.34 million total). Its total TV base has shrunk 2.6% in the last 12 months — meaning the OTT side of the house is not making up for cord-cutting in the satellite biz.”