Last night Sling TV and Dish’s contract with Fox Regional Sports Networks, FX, and the National Geographic network came to an end. Now it is being reported that Sling TV and Dish have agreed to a temporary extension with Disney as the talks continue. It had been reported that Disney was looking for a temporary extension and now it seems that one has been reached.
Update: Here is the statement posted by Fox RSN about the temporary extension. “The FOX Sports Regional Networks and DISH/Sling have reached a temporary extension while we work together towards an agreement for carriage of these networks. Thank you for your continued support and check back for future updates.”
It has been reported that Disney wants a short term deal with Dish for the Fox Regional Sports networks that will run until Sinclair takes ownership. Dish had reportedly been pushing for a full renewal of the contract.
Dish sent Cord Cutters News the following statement about the blackouts before the deadline happened: “DISH and Sling’s goal is to keep the FOX Regional Sports Networks available to our customers at a reasonable cost. We are unsure why the FOX RSN group, currently owned by Disney and in the process of being sold to Sinclair, decided to involve customers in the contract negotiation process at a point when there is still time for the two parties to reach a mutually beneficial deal.”
A spokesperson for FX and National Geographic sent Cord Cutters News the following statement about the blackouts before the deadline happened: “Our contract with DISH for the FX and National Geographic networks is due to expire soon, so we have a responsibility to make our viewers aware of the potential loss of our programming. However, we remain fully committed to reaching a deal and are hopeful we can do so.”
The Fox Regional Sports Network talks are likely the most difficult. Back in May Sinclair purchased most of the Fox Regional Sports Networks from Disney for $10.6 billion. It had been reported that Disney wanted $20 billion for the networks but Sinclair won with a bid of $10.6 billion showing how cord cutting has reduced the value of networks like the Fox RSNs.
For now, we will have to wait for an official statement from Dish or Disney to learn more.
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