Networks have become more willing to black out their signals when TV providers aren’t willing to meet their demands.
We negotiate dozens of network agreements each year, the majority of which you never hear about. When public disputes or blackouts happen, it’s because we wouldn’t agree to the network’s demands.
When disputes happen, we know it can be frustrating but know that we’re always fighting on behalf of our customers. We are committed to keeping you connected to what you care about most while providing the most value from all of our services.
22 FOX Regional Sports Networks left fuboTV when they couldn’t come to an agreement on rising costs.
Mission Broadcasting pulled the signal from 18 markets and DISH accused them of, “using its own viewers as leverage as it demands higher monthly rates…”
FOX blacked out many cable networks and 17 stations. FOX is demanding big rate increases and DISH offered an extension but was turned down. “FOX had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving its channels up,” DISH said. “Instead, FOX chose to harm its viewers.”
Multiple FOX RSNs were pulled from DISH customers nationwide for over 2 months when DISH wouldn’t accept the, “unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their stations.”
AT&T and DIRECTV customers in 14 markets lost their CBS and The CW signals for 20 days. AT&T referred to CBS as a “repeat blackout offender” who regularly threatens to remove signals to get higher fees.
Meredith pulled 17 popular stations for over 2 months, even after DISH offered to keep the channels up while they reached a deal.
Nexstar blacked out 120 stations from AT&T and DIRECTV for 8 weeks because AT&T wouldn’t agree to their demands for, “… the largest increase that AT&T has ever seen from any content provider.”
1MM customers across the country lost their signals after Tegna blacked them out when Verizon wouldn’t agree to their demands for a “significant rate increase”.
Tegna once again blacked out 46 stations when DISH wouldn’t agree to rates that were double what customers were currently paying.