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FOX 9, Fox Sports channels return to DISH and Sling TV packages

The two companies have agreed to a long-term contract.
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A deal has been struck to bring Fox local and sports channels back to DISH and Sling TV packages after a 10-day impasse.

DISH and Sling informed Twin Cities subscribers last month that they would no longer carry FOX 9 and channels including Fox Sports 1 and 2 and the Big Ten Network following a failure to agree to new terms with Fox.

But on Sunday it announced that it has struck a new deal, which will see FOX 9, and Fox Sports 1 and 2 brought back to both services, and BTN, Fox Soccer Plus, and Fox Deportes return to DISH.

This comes after months of back-and-forth between Fox and the satellite network, in which both sides blamed each other for the lack of progress in their talks. 

At one point, DISH said Fox was demanding a "double-digit percentage rate increase for continued carriage of its local channels"; the service also accused Fox of trying to "'force bundle' its local channels and unrelated cable networks to get more money and gain negotiating leverage." 

For its part, Fox said DISH and Sling dropped the channels "as a negotiating tactic regardless of the impact on its own customers." 

How the two companies came to the new carriage agreement is unclear, as the parties did not disclose the terms of their deal, Variety reports. 

As the magazine notes, the Fox blackout meant that DISH subscribers could not watch "Thursday Night Football" and other popular sports programs. 

FOX affiliates across the country report that service will be restored "immediately":

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