Fox News Goes Dark on Dish in Carriage Standoff

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The deal between the two companies expired on Saturday night

Two Fox channels have gone dark to Dish customers.

The current deal between Dish and 21st Century Fox expired on Saturday at midnight, and contract negotiations between them have stalled.

This means that Fox News and Fox Business are not currently available on the satellite TV provider.

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Fox News Channel executive vice president of distribution Tim Carry issued the following statement: "It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, Fox News Channel has been blocked by Dish Network. We care deeply about our viewers and hope that they will regain access to the number one cable news channel soon."

Carry added that Fox is still working to reach an agreement with Dish. 

"This is the third time in as many months that DISH customers have suffered through a blackout due to Dish's intransigence," he said. "Dish's record speaks for itself, and makes its rhetoric about 'reasonable' agreements ring hollow."

The Dish Network issued a brief statement on Saturday night as well, which placed the blame on Fox for the breakdown in negotiations. "The media conglomerate," Dish said of Fox, "introduced other channels into negotiations despite those channels not being included in the contract up for renewal."

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It is not clear which channels Dish is referring to, but Fox has launched several new channels in the past year, including FXX and Fox Sports One, which are not listed on the Dish website as currently being available. 

Fox has shown in prior negotiations that it recognizes the strength of Fox News, which is the highest rated cable news channel, and it appears to be using that to try and expand the number of channels it licenses to Dish. 

Dish also said that it offered Fox a short-term extension of the current contract, but it was turned down. Dish has about 14 million subscribers.