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Dish Signs Fox Contract, Blackout Ends

Dish and Fox sign a contract and the blackout comes to an end.



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Fox network announced an agreement today that ended the

Fox blackout on Dish


The agreement also includes carriage of FX, National Geographic Channel, and Fox's 19 regional sports networks.

Fox blocked Dish's access to its networks after their multiyear deal expired on Oct. 1. Fox was apparently demanding a rate increase of more than 50% before it would give its channels back to Dish, however the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"After prolonged negotiations to reach a fair deal, we're pleased to enter into a long term agreement with Fox and to assure our customers that they can continue to enjoy these channels," Dish senior vice president of programming Dave Shull said. "We thank our customers, our retail and channel partners, and our employees for their support through these negotiations, which we believe resulted in a fair deal that reinforces Dish Network's position as the best value in television."

The agreement allows Dish viewers access to Fox's live coverage of major sporting events such as the major league baseball World Series, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, college football and basketball games.

Dish customers will once again be able to watch their favorite Fox programming, including Glee, House and The Simpsons.

"I want to thank our partners at Dish Network who worked tirelessly to help us reach a successful conclusion," Fox networks president of affiliate sales and marketing Mike Hopkins said. "This agreement provides a strategic partnership between Fox and Dish to bring the best programming to Dish subscribers."

Meanwhile, the

Fox-Cablevision standoff

continues with little to no progress.



has been without Fox since the agreement between the companies expired at midnight on Oct. 16.

--Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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