Dish-Fox Sports 1 college football spat exposes murky realm of 'conversion fees'

As threatened blackouts go, Dish Network's (NASDAQ: DISH) temporary refusal to carry four Labor Day weekend college football games on Fox Sports 1 was unusual in that the satellite carrier was only threatening not to carry select programs, rather than an entire channel. The near-blackout exposed the unique nature of Fox Sports 1's deals with some pay-TV operators, with the national sports channel charging the same 24 cents per subscriber that its automotive sports-focused predecessor did. But it's also able to tack on "conversion fees" for programs that wouldn't have fit Speed's more narrowly focused format. Multichannel News has a complete breakdown here.

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