The ongoing fight over satellite TV rates is going to impact North Texas sports fans again this weekend. Dish Network customers are no longer getting Fox Sports Southwest and several other channels, which means no Stars season opener tonight for nearly 500 thousand customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Dish Spokesman Marc Lumpmkin tells KRLD they are offering several free channels as a way to say sorry.[pullquote quote="It’s time to move on and work with the distributors that do offer our services." credit="FOX"]
The Baylor-Tech game will also be blacked out unless there is a deal. Lumpkin says negotiations will continue through the weekend. Fox is asking Dish for a significant rate increase to continue to carry its channels.
Here’s the statement from FOX to KRLD News:
“While we respect DISH’s decision not to carry the Fox sports networks, FX and National Geographic Channel, we regret that they will no longer be available to DISH subscribers. But it’s time to move on and work with the distributors that do offer our services. DISH subscribers do have options because our networks are still available via every other television provider.”