DISH, Fox blackout stalemate shows no signs of resolving

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 30 December 2014

It's been ten days since the 20 December blackout of Fox News and Fox Business channels on DISH Network, and the war of words has only escalated.

On the day after Christmas, Fox issued a statement on its Facebook page: "DISH customers: Since Dish dropped Fox News, Dish has focused on shifting blame instead of getting Fox News back on the air. But the facts speak for themselves - Dish has blocked more than ten channels in the last six months alone. We continue to work on resolving this situation, but until Dish is responsive, we are unable to update you on when Fox News will be available."

There have been no negotiations since the blackout went into effect, according to Fox.

DISH said that there are actually talks that are happening, and said that Fox is the one that pulled the plug, not the satellite provider. It also said that Fox introduced a third channel into the negotiations that isn't covered in the carriage negotiations, mucking up the negotiations.

DISH chairman Charlie Ergen meanwhile posted a video on saying that Fox News was looking to double its previous rates.

"The result of this tactic is Fox News became hostage to an unrelated channel, where the price increase was not justified by our existing contract, or its viewership," he said. "Ironically, Fox News would be first to decry this type of deal-making. Imagine if your federal taxes were suddenly increased dramatically, or you were taxed in a state you did not live in. There was nothing about this extortion attempt that was fair or balanced. Rather, it was greedy, arrogant, and disrespectful to you, their loyal viewer."