It may not be as high-profile as HBO’s group of pay-cable channels, which went dark on Dish systems a couple of weeks ago, but now the Spanish-language sports channel Univision Deportes is also on the list of Dish’s blacked-out channels.
Multichannel News reports that the move comes after Dish and Univision failed to reach a carriage agreement.
“This is the second block of Univision networks to go dark on the satellite TV service,” the story reports. “In June, Univision’s broadcast channels and its cable networks Galavison and UniMas went dark to Dish customers. Univision warned customers last month that Deportes could also get the axe from the satellite giant if a deal couldn’t be reached. Also going dark to Dish customers are Univision’s FOROtv, TLNovelas and El Rey channels.”
The report adds: “Dish has argued that the Univision networks are not broadly watched by its customers and that those who do can access the channels either through over-the-air antennas or directly from the programmer via its online apps.”
Univision issued a statement saying: “Dish has now gutted its Spanish-language offering, which until recently was a core part of its business.”