FOX-Dish dispute results in broader NFL Network blackout on Thursday night

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The lingering dispute between FOX and Dish Network resulted in Thursday night’s Rams-Seahawks game being blacked out not only by FOX but also by NFL Network on Dish. In turn, NFL Network ultimately blacked out the game not only on Dish but everywhere else.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that NFL Network’s agreement with Dish Network prevents NFLN from showing different programming to Dish than it shows to other distributors. So with FOX exercising its right to direct NFLN to omit Rams-Seahawks from Dish, NFLN had to omit Rams-Seahawks from outlets like Comcast and DirecTV.

With FOX available, it likely wasn’t a problem for most subscribers. Unless, however, someone decided to record the game on NFLN and watch it later.

Regardless, customers once again get caught in the middle of a dispute between a couple of billion-dollar companies that can’t find a way to work out their differences so that the people spending their money on these products get what they’ve paid for.

39 responses to “FOX-Dish dispute results in broader NFL Network blackout on Thursday night

  1. Thinking you should direct your anger at real consumer shakedowns like prescription drugs and health care . Unlike the two I listed you have options if you are unhappy with Dish network .

  2. So if Dish doesn’t get what they want in a contract then they can block what is shown on every other Cable provider with NFL Network? The NFL let Dish strong arm them like that? The bully got bullied in this case

  3. My understanding is FOX is asking Dish to pay more $$$$ for programming ie Big Ten and Fox Sports 1…I hope it’s not so they can give a raise to Joe Buck and “Hall Of Famer” Troy Aikman…

  4. It’s no wonder why streaming services are clamoring for NFL content. Over air TV is becoming a thing of the past, and these billion dollar company squabbles are killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

  5. Dish sucks for sports, they also don’t carry the MSG network they refuse to negotiate with them.

  6. shurmanblog says:

    October 5, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Thinking you should direct your anger at real consumer shakedowns like prescription drugs and health care . Unlike the two I listed you have options if you are unhappy with Dish network .
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    Comments like this are ridiculous. If someone wants to clamor for change on something big or small it’s up to them what they choose. If you think prescriptions drugs and healthcare need attention shurmanblog then you can clamor for change not tell others(especially on a football blog). I however have no problem with healthcare or prescription drugs, in a year I spend less than a $120 on medical/dental and vision so I have no issue with it. That said dish affects football for the fan, what you bring up doesnt even a little bit.

  7. Seems a bit unfair that providers can sell you a viewing package in the off season that includes the NFL channel and then take it away 2 games into season without giving the consumer a refund or a reduced rate.

  8. If you engage in business with DISH/Sling as a consumer, history shows us you will be dealing with blackouts on virtually a monthly basis. They must have the worst negotiators in the communications industry.

  9. 1950giantsfan says:

    October 5, 2019 at 9:08 am

    My understanding is FOX is asking Dish to pay more $$$$ for programming ie Big Ten and Fox Sports 1…I hope it’s not so they can give a raise to Joe Buck and “Hall Of Famer” Troy Aikman…
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    Lol “your understanding”? Its pretty simple, asking for more money is what these disputes are about 100% of the time.

  10. i would think that if you are paying for dish and they don’t provide what you are paying for , that is fraud.

  11. I’ve canceled my Dish network effective October 12th.

    The dispute with Fox hasn’t affected my NFL viewing one bit.

    It did prevent me from watching my MLB team the last part of the season, but I thought they would get it worked out.

    The dispute is now impacting my ability to watch my NHL team. That was the final straw.

  12. “Seems a bit unfair that providers can sell you a viewing package in the off season that includes the NFL channel and then take it away 2 games into season without giving the consumer a refund or a reduced rate.”

    “A bit unfair” is understated. I paid a higher price for access to see these NFL Channel games, in addition to the college packages. As I am not getting what I paid for and DISH is not taking any customer service calls on this issue, I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Not sure what the outcome will be by taking this route, but I assure you that I won’t be paying the higher rate for the games I am not receiving.

  13. My Dtv is getting cancelled pay way too much for service can’t even watch my local fox channel missing out on lots of football and now October baseball, Dtv will go under because of this!!

  14. Folks aren’t following. Thia was the result of contract language between Dish and NFLN. I’ll bet the same clause is in the DTV contract for NFLN.

  15. Makes me wonder about these “channel blackout” strategies and how that might feel if viewers affected by it could come up with a shoe on the other foot strategy. For example banning together all at once and not paying the monthly bill in protest. Certainly would get their attention then.

  16. You know what’s worse? The CBS game on Sunday in my area is Patriots and the Redskins. And I live on the west coast. Oh, I haven’t had the FOX network since February.

  17. Sunday Swami ,typical response from the I got mine so everybody else can go to hell crowd . If you think Dish Network not broadcasting a football game is as important as the issues I raised then you are a perfect example of the phrase ignorance is bliss . Like I said there’s plenty of other choices for programming options and while this may shock your very limited view of the world not televising a football game isn’t the most important issue in the world that needs public outrage .

  18. AT&T screwed all of its UVerse customers by pulling the NFL Network the day before the NFL draft and allowing only DirectTV users to have it. Why should this dispute be any different.

  19. Dish has a history of this, so know it going in. I’m not saying Fox is taking the high road, just that Dish is quick to pull the trigger and ignore their clients.

  20. Regardless, customers once again get caught in the middle of a dispute between a couple of billion-dollar companies that can’t find a way to work out their differences so that the people spending their money on these products get what they’ve paid for.

    I don’t know who’s to blame but ultimately they are both to blame. The pathetic part is using fans as a weapon in negotiations. Both of those parties should think about that before screwing over their fans. I believe in most of these instances it’s the broadcast company’s fault. I know it’s a constant problem with the four-letter network–they are constantly wanting more and more and more money from the cable companies which means they want more and more and more money from us. Blacking out the game from NFLN for non-Dish consumers is just pathetic. Once again the consumer gets screwed by filthy rich entities.

  21. mclennon99 says:
    October 5, 2019 at 11:22 am
    I’m more disappointed that Dish no longer carries HBO. I had to buy HBO Now for a month on my phone just to watch Hard Knocks this year.
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    Well, a man does have to have his priorities…

  22. shurmanblog says:
    October 5, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Sunday Swami ,typical response from the I got mine so everybody else can go to hell crowd . If you think Dish Network not broadcasting a football game is as important as the issues I raised then you are a perfect example of the phrase ignorance is bliss . Like I said there’s plenty of other choices for programming options and while this may shock your very limited view of the world not televising a football game isn’t the most important issue in the world that needs public outrage .
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    So, it’s the public outrage you crave, is it? Well, that’s seems reasonable. Tell me, how does one value it? Is it a commodity? Does one trade in it? Why yes, of course some do.

  23. Fox SUCKS as well as Dish! The government should intervene if these two greedy companies cannot work things out. Dish, instead of being so worried about the additional cost you would have to pass on to your customers, take it out of your CEO’s pay! Likewise FOX, you dripping A$$hole, instead of charging Dish a double digit increase, take that amount out of FOX’s CEO’s pay. Or let the two di#$head CEO’s split the deduction from each of their pay. We are getting sick and tired of you greedy companies doing this every year, so let the government control you two and show you what miserable is!!!!

  24. shurmanblog says:

    October 5, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Sunday Swami ,typical response from the I got mine so everybody else can go to hell crowd . If you think Dish Network not broadcasting a football game is as important as the issues I raised then you are a perfect example of the phrase ignorance is bliss . Like I said there’s plenty of other choices for programming options and while this may shock your very limited view of the world not televising a football game isn’t the most important issue in the world that needs public outrage .
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    You want public outrage? Ok I find it outrageous your lack of reading comprehension as you try to stand on your moral soapbox. Let me point it out again, just because an issue is raised doesnt mean it’s the biggest and only issue, also it’s a relevant issue unlike yours. Dont come to a football blog and complain about talking about an issue that relates to football or say they should be talking about an issue unrelated to football because it’s more important. Do you tell your mechanic not to talk about your car but to give you a physical instead?

  25. I was confused when they said the game was blackout on Dish because I have Dish I saw the game. Then I remembered I saw it on regular local broadcast network TV. It pays to have an antenna as not to be subjected to being a pawn in contract negotiations between big businesses.

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