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Fox Sports vs Dish: the sports channel responds to its departure from pay TV

Fox Sports México , owned by Grupo Lauman, accused cable company Dish of withdrawing from its pay television programming because it refused to accept the 3% increase in the value of its sports content.

In a statement, Fox Sports explained that the distribution contract between the two companies expired at the beginning of the year and for more than three months, during which the Fox Sports signals remained on the air, they sought to negotiate the renewal and reach an agreement, but they did not reach an agreement.

He added that the contract with Dish had been in force since 2017, for which he requested to adjust the payment for the three channels that appeared on his programming grid.

“The total payment requested by Fox Sports represents around 3% of the monthly subscription value that Dish charges its subscribers and is far from the 80% increase that was communicated,” Fox Sports specifies.

Fox Sports’ position comes after it announced its departure from Dish’s programming on April 13 for failing to reach a commercial agreement with the pay television company.

For its part, Dish assures that the new owners of Fox Sports in Mexico (Grupo Lauman) will transfer part of its programming to its new Premium channel as well as to its application that has been in operation since April 2, which will imply that users of the cable company had to pay up to 50% more in their subscription to be able to access sports content.

“The only intention of Fox Sports Mexico is a reasonable update of the costs for the provision of the best Mexican and international sports content. The decision to leave Dish subscribers without our programming is not the responsibility of Fox Sports Mexico.”

Fox Sports assured that Dish represents 6.25% of households that receive Fox Sports content. “Unfortunately, since 2016, Dish has lost 56% of its presence in homes with Pay TV in Mexico,” the company said in a statement.