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What's Happening With Your Channels

We fight hard and work around the clock to combat the rising costs of TV and bring you the TV you love.

For customers impacted by local channel disputes – we understand it’s frustrating that broadcasters put you in the middle of these negotiations. Use the ZIP Code search below to check on the status of your missing channels.

FOX Regional Sports Networks

Updated 10/21 at 11am MT

The owner of FOX Regional Sports Networks is making unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their stations.

  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Florida Panthers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Nashville Predators
  • Dallas Stars

We appreciate your patience throughout this negotiation. We understand it’s frustrating missing the games you love, especially as NHL and NBA seasons begin. We are actively working with Sinclair, the owner of the FOX Regional Sports Networks, to come to a fair deal to bring their channel(s) back.

As we work together with Sinclair, we will continue to provide any updates to you here. We are hopeful that current negotiations and conversations will end in a fair deal for all.

We are fighting to keep your TV bill as low as possible. The largest cost for DISH is the amount we pay to programmers who own the content you enjoy watching. To keep our commitment in providing the best value, we are done being bullied into unfair programming deals that do not make sense for our customers. We are no longer going to support this broken business model, and are standing up on behalf of our customers.

Regional Sports relies on the majority of customers to pay costs for channels they may not even watch. Regional Sports should be like a ticket to the ballpark – with fans wanting to watch the game being those who pay for it. It is not fair for you to have to burden the unnecessary additional costs that only pad the profit margins of programmers such as FOX Regional Sports Networks. Right now, costs for TV sports rights in America are the worst deal going and the only winners are the sports broadcasters, like FOX Regional Sports Networks.

They know watching live sports is important to our viewers and they are holding their channels hostage as a negotiation tactic to force TV providers, like DISH, to cave to their demands. Switching is not the answer – as contract negotiations are not unheard of. Regional Sports Networks disputes are also going on with other providers right now. DIRECTV and Comcast are currently also saying enough is enough with Regional Sports models as they are also experiencing a blackout with Altitude Sports. For too long, FOX Regional Sports Networks has employed this tactic of putting you, the customer, in the middle.

We share your frustration that FOX Regional Sports Networks has removed your favorite games from you. We also appreciate your patience while we continue to work with them to bring your channels back as quickly as possible.

NBC Sports Chicago

Updated 10/21 at 11am MT

NBC Sports Chicago is making unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their station.

  • Chicago Bulls
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Chicago White Sox

We appreciate your patience throughout this negotiation. We understand it’s frustrating missing the games you love, especially as the Blackhawks and Bulls begin their seasons, and will continue to provide you any updates on the negotiation here. We are hopeful that current negotiations and conversations will end in a fair deal for all.

We are disappointed to see NBC Sports Chicago put our customers in the middle of its negotiations by choosing to remove their channel from DISH's lineup. We want to thank you for choosing DISH, and we strive to provide you the best TV experience at the best value. NBC Sports Chicago has chosen to block access to its channel from its own viewers, and are making unreasonable demands. These demands come after NBC Sports Chicago announced it would lose the Cubs in October, as the team moves towards plans to start its own cable television channel with Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2020.

NBC Sports Chicago is also demanding a minimum number of subscribers, reducing their own viewers choice. The rate NBC Sports Chicago is demanding for its channel is unreasonable. The Regional Sports Networks business model is broken, and now NBC Sports Chicago is looking to recoup the hefty sums they pay the teams they carry after their loss of their most popular content, the Cubs.

NBC Sports Chicago knows live sports are important to our viewers and therefore are holding their channel hostage as a negotiation tactic to force TV providers, like DISH, to cave to their demands. We at DISH are sick of these demands that put you, the customer, in the middle. We are fighting on your behalf to have the best content at a fair price. With the highest cost for DISH being the cost of programming, it is important for us to continue to keep that cost fair so that it is not exorbitantly reflected into your bill.

We at DISH hoped we would reach a mutual agreement with NBC Sports Chicago. NBC Sports Chicago is the only one who can choose to remove their content from DISH. We are hopeful and open to a fair agreement to bring NBC Sports Chicago back as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and for being a DISH customer.

Make your voice heard

Let NBC Sports Chicago know you want your channel back by contacting them today:

Altitude Sports

Updated 10/21 at 11am MT

Altitude is making unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their station.

  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Colorado Mammoth
  • Colorado Rapids

Altitude has continued to block its customers from their channel across all three major paid TV providers. We appreciate your patience throughout this negotiation. We understand it’s frustrating missing the games you love, especially as the Avalanche and Nuggets begin their seasons, and will continue to provide you any updates on the negotiation here. We are hopeful that current negotiations and conversations will end in a fair deal for all.

We strive to provide you the best TV experience at the best possible value. With the highest cost for DISH being programming, it is important for us to continue to keep the cost fair so that it is not exorbitantly reflected on your bill. The fact is, the costs for TV regional sports rights in America are currently a poor economical deal, only favoring the sports broadcasters, like Altitude Sports. We are no longer going to support this broken business model, and are standing up on behalf of our customers.

Altitude Sports understands live sports are important to our viewers and therefore are holding their asset hostage as a negotiation tactic to force TV providers, like DISH, to cave to their demands. We at DISH are sick of these demands that put you – the customer – in the middle. Altitude Sports is the only one who can choose to remove their content from DISH. We are hopeful and open to a fair agreement to bring Altitude back as quickly as possible.

Looking for Nuggets games? Wednesday’s game can be seen on ESPN channel 140, and Friday’s game can be seen on KTVD channel 20. (Applicable DISH packaging required.)

Make your voice heard

Let Altitude know you want your channel back by contacting them today:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how DISH is taking a stand over increased fees… and why switching isn't the answer!

In order to be able to provide you with your programming, we must have agreements in place with channel owners. We work day in and day out to make sure there are standing agreements in place so your service is not interrupted. When contracts come up for expiration, we work for new deals that guarantee you'll have your channels for a long time to come.

However, sometimes these channel owners try to force us into unreasonable contract terms - such as extreme rate increases that we cannot agree to. At DISH, we constantly work to bring you programming at a great value.

We work hard to ensure that we are able to reach agreements, however, if channel owners cannot negotiate reasonably, and a new agreement is not reached, we no longer have the rights to carry this content. It's unfortunate that channel owners choose to block programming important to you. We much prefer for negotiations to be resolved behind the scenes, so you're never directly affected.

We must have agreements with owners of every channel that we provide and every contract expires at varying times. We're happy to say that we have agreements with hundreds of channel owners which allow you to watch your favorite programming uninterrupted.

Unfortunately, there are instances when the programmers use removal of your programming as a negotiation tactic while we work toward a new agreement.

Unfortunately, disputes between pay-TV providers and channel owners are not uncommon within the pay-TV industry. All pay-TV providers face disputes with channel owners. In fact, just last year there were over 200 channel blackouts across the pay-TV industry.

That is why switching your pay-TV provider is not the answer. Switching gives channel owners validation of what they are demanding and encourages them to raise rates. That ultimately drives up the cost for everyone. Sticking with DISH tells channel owners that they need to be reasonable and fair.

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