During perhaps one of the best seasons to watch TV on TV, FOX TV channels in 17 markets including FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Big Ten Network, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes were removed from satellite dish. TV and Sling TV provider platforms September 26 as the sides wage a war of words in a carriage conflict that will touch millions of sports fans who rely on all sides to give them live coverage of their teams.
The dispute comes at the worst possible time for sports fans like college football and the NFL are just about to enter the heart of the season while Major League Baseball fans will miss the end game hunt as the season winds up as well as the end game matches when these series are in sometime in the coming weeks. Football fans using Sling and Dish platforms will also take a big hit as football leagues like the Premier League and Spanish La Liga are just getting started this season and Major League Soccer is just a few weeks away from the playoffs. [1[ads1]9659003] “DISH / Sling is at it again, choosing to release leading programming as a negotiation tactic regardless of the impact on its own customers. SKÅL / Sling chose to drop FOX networks in an attempt to force us to agree to scandalous demands. Although we regret that this is DISH / Sing's preferred approach to negotiating, we remind our loyal viewers that FOX services are widely available through all other major TV providers, ”FOX officials said in a statement.
In his own press release, Dish argued that FOX "is trying to & # 39; force & # 39; their local channels and unaffiliated cable networks to get more money and negotiate power. & # 39;
Andy LeCuyer, Senior Vice President of Programming, scoffed at FOX in a statement, saying the company raises prices and turns its back on its public commitment to offering channels to consumers for free. It is clear that FOX cares more about padding the bottom line than serving viewers. "
Sling TV posted a statement on their website and frequently asked questions about the site with feelings:
" We are constantly working to provide you with the best service at the best value, with the greatest possible flexibility. Unfortunately, the owners of FOX Network, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 have made the conscious decision to block your access to their channels, they have made unreasonable demands, and we refuse to make these demands on you, our customer. & # 39; & # 39 ;
So, now what are my best options for watching live sports that include FOX channels this fall ?
If you're a college football fan who wants to watch Pac-12 games this season and will not sign up for a cable package or satellite provider is your best bet that will give Fubo TV a try. Fortunately Fubo currently offers a free 7-day trial when registering so if you are interested to see what they have to offer y, you can give it a whirl without paying a penny. Not only does FuboTV have the Pac-12 Network as an alternative, they also have most channels that will feature national television TV football games (FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, FS1 and much more). However, one of the major drawbacks of Fubo is that they do not have ESPN, so unfortunately you have to find another way to watch Pac-12 games broadcast on the Worldwide Leader.
The price may look like a cable package, but keep in mind that if you have a friend or family member who is willing to share the monthly fees with you, Fubo lets you have at least two concurrent live streams, meaning at least you and Another person can watch the same game at the same time. If you cut the cost in half by sharing it with another person, you can get a great value on the service.
Try Fubo today to watch Oregon State vs. Stanford and see if the platform works for you.
It's unfortunate that Sling is now without the FOX sports channels. Their la cart pricing platform made it easy for sports fans to pick and choose what they needed to get the most value for money. It was also the cheapest way for Pacific Northwest football fans to watch Pac-12 matches and other live sports. Now, with FOX channels gone, the selection is limited to only Pac-12 Network and ESPN game broadcasts.
When will the car battle between FOX, Sling TV and Dish be resolved?
There is no end to the on-site truck conflict, unfortunately. All sides have argued that negotiations are ongoing and that they are working to resolve the issues that will keep FOX channels off the platforms for the foreseeable future.
– Tim Brown, The Oregonian / OregonLive | @ timfsbrown
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