If you have Dish Network and want to watch the Angels and/or Dodgers finish out their season, you are out of luck. In a dispute with Dish Network over pricing, News Corp.has pulled several of it's cable stations, including FX and 19 regional sports networks, per Meg James of the Los Angeles Times:â†µ
"The proposal we’ve offered Dish is fair and in line with the tremendous value we provide," Fox said in a statement. "We regret the inconvenience to our viewers, but Dish has asserted its subscribers do not value our channels and has made a decision to go forward without them."â†µ
Dish, meanwhile, charged that Fox's demands were akin to price-gouging. Dish, in a statement, said that Fox was seeking an "unprecedented rate increase of more than 50%," a charge that a Fox spokesman called a "gross overstatement." Fox declined to say how much it was demanding from Dish.â†µ
Among the regional sports networks pulled from Dish Network are Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, which will televise the UCLA Bruins game Saturday against the Washington State Cougars, as well as the final three games this weekend for the Angels and Dodgers, respectively.â†µ
These standoffs between broadcast networks and cable and satellite companies have become more prevalent in recent years. Perhaps the channels will be restored in short order, in time for the games this weekend. But, then again, with the Angels and Dodgers floundering as they are, are Dish Network subscribers really missing anything?