The stations as of this morning are still on the air for Dish and Sling subscribers so negotiations appear to have been extended. Dish and other providers pays fees to owners of channels and passes those costs to consumers. Most of the time, those deals are negotiated behind the scenes. Every so often, networks decide to play hardball by publicizing the dispute and occasionally pulling off blackouts in hopes viewers would blame the service provider.
Yesterday we reported that, Dish and their streaming service Sling TV had a number of carriage agreements expiring with Fox channels acquired by Disney as part of their deal for 21st Century Fox. However, it appears that the companies have bought themselves some time for a longer term agreement through a temporary extension.
In a statement by Fox Regional Sports on their website: The FOX Sports Regional Networks and Dish have reached a temporary extension while we work together towards an agreement for carriage of these networks. The channels that remained with Fox Corp.
One complicating factor is the acquisition of FOX RSNs, which were acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group by Disney, after netting them as part of their deal for 21st Century Fox, will not officially be completed for a few weeks. Currently, the channels are managed by a separate group that is handling the carriage negotiations.
Dish apparently wanted to strike a long-term deal, while the Fox RSNs wanted to wait until the new owner was in place.
Fox Sports Arizona.