Dish subscribers will miss critical sporting events because the satellite and streaming service has obscured FOX during a transport dispute.
The FOX FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes cable channels are also dark for Dish customers. FOX has launched a website dedicated to viewers' information on the blackout that has an impact on 17 markets in 23 states and Washington D.C.
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"DISH tries again, choosing to abandon the main programming as a negotiating tactic, regardless of the impact on its customers. DISH has chosen to abandon the FOX networks in an attempt to force us to accept outrageous requests. While we regret that this is DISH's preferred approach to negotiation, we remind our loyal viewers that FOX services are widely available through all other major television providers, "wrote FOX on the site.
Dish published a press release outlining its side of the story and urges FOX to focus on "reaching a fair deal".
The blackout comes at an unfortunate moment for the spectators, given that FOX is heading for a weekend full of college football marquee games, major Major League baseball games and week 4 of the NFL season.
FOX fourth-week NFL games include the Washington Redskins at the New York Giants, the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs at the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the LA Rams.
Customers will continue to miss important live sporting events if the blackout continues beyond the weekend, as a doubleheader of Major League Baseball playoff games is scheduled for October 4 on a FS1.
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FS1 and FOX will continue to carry the MLB playoffs for the duration of the month, ending with the exclusive coverage of the World Series.
The Rams visit Seattle's Seahawks on FOX's "Thursday Night Football" and WWE's long-awaited "Friday Night SmackDown" also debuts on FOX next week.
In addition to live events, Dish's customers will miss successful shows like "The Masked Singer", "Fox News Sunday", "Empire", "9-1-1", "The Simpsons" and "The Resident".
Neither Fox News Channel nor Fox Business Network are affected by the blackout.