FOX 9, Fox Sports channels removed from DISH and Sling TV packages

Several local and sports channels are now subject to a blackout.
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More Fox channels have been removed from DISH and Sling packages in Minnesota after the companies failed to come to a contract extension.

DISH announced on Thursday that its satellite subscribers and Sling online streamers in 17 markets across 23 states plus the District of Columbia will no longer get local channels or several Fox sports channels.

This includes the Twin Cities market, where subscribers will no longer get FOX 9 or My 29 WFTC.

What's more, Fox Sports 1 and 2, the Big Ten Network, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes have also been removed. Fox News is not affected as it's under a separate distribution agreement.

This comes just a few months after DISH and Sling were unable to come to an agreement with the Fox Regional Sports Network, which led to Fox Sports North being removed from DISH and Sling packages.

Both sides are blaming the other, with DISH saying Fox is demanding a "double-digit percentage rate increase for continued carriage of its local channels."

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It also claims it's trying to "'force bundle' its local channels and unrelated cable networks to get more money and gain negotiating leverage," claiming Fox's actions are "anti-consumer."

Fox, on the other hand, claiming DISH and Sling has dropped the channels "as a negotiating tactic regardless of the impact on its own customers." 

"Dish/Sling elected to drop Fox networks in an effort to coerce us to agree to outrageous demands," a spokesperson said. "While we regret this is Dish/Sling’s preferred approach to negotiating, we remind our loyal viewers that the Fox services are widely available through every other major television provider."

DISH and Sling subscribers can still get FOX 9 and My 29 WFTC using a digital antenna, which you can pick up relatively cheaply from Target or Best Buy.

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