Fox scrapes Dish clean; pulls FX, Nat Geo from satellite lineup

In the latest retransmission battle, Fox Networks is blaming Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH). The program supplier said that it's Dish's fault that FX, National Geographic Channel and 19 regional sports channels have disappeared from the satellite provider's lineup.

"We've been attempting to negotiate with Dish for almost six months ... and they have yet to engage in a constructive dialogue," Mike Hopkins, president of Fox affiliate sales and marketing said in a news release.

The retransmission dispute, which began at midnight Sept. 30, is "another chapter in (Dish's) history of irrational negotiations with television programmers," Fox said further in the news release. Fox is running advertisements telling Dish subscribers to try alternate programmers--including Dish rivals Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV).

For more:
- see this news release

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