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The blackout of Fox News and Fox Business News on Dish is coming to an end: Dish and Fox “have agreed to the major terms of a new long term agreement” that will bring the news network back to Dish, according to a statement released by the satellite TV operator, which noted that there are still a few things up in the air: “We are working with Fox on a few contractual details but we are optimistic that these channels will be restored very quickly.”
Fox confirmed the agreement with a news release, but noted that “terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”
Fox News and Fox Business went dark on Dish in late December after both sides failed to agree on terms to renew their carriage agreement. At the time, Dish complained that Fox was trying to add other channels to the bundle that hadn’t been part of the original agreement.
“It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” said DISH’s senior vice president of programming Warren Schlichting back then. It’s unclear whether the new agreement includes any of those additional channels, or just the two channels that went off the air in December.
Also unclear is whether the impending agreement includes any additional digital rights. Dish officially announced its Sling TV streaming service last week, and has plans to sell consumers an add-on news package for $5 per month on top of a $20 base subscription. At this point, that news package looks fairly slim with Bloomberg being the only actual news network. Adding Fox News to that mix would certainly help Dish to make a better case for Sling TV.