Dish Network says the removal of Univision Communications’ TV networks — from both its satellite and over-the-top Sling TV services — might be for good. On June 30, after Dish and Univision failed to come to terms on a contract renewal, more than 60 Univision-owned stations and cable channels including UniMás and Galavision went dark on Dish’s pay-TV platforms. “This removal could become permanent,” Dish said in a 10-Q regulatory filing Friday.
Dish Network reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Friday, as the pace of subscriber losses for its pay-TV services slowed. Dish has struggled to stem losses from cord-cutting as TV viewers increasingly move to online video streaming services.
With Univision Communications’ dispute with Dish Network ending its second week with seemingly no end in sight, the broadcaster has taken to the airwaves and social media to inform its viewers of other ways they can watch its programming, including via cable, telco and its own over-the-top service Univision Now.
Sling TV has stopped offering its Broadcast Extra add-on amid a program licensing dispute with Univision. “We are not currently offering our Broadcast Extra service, which includes ABC, Univision and UniMás, on Sling TV. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes with viewing the programming that matters to you,” said a Sling FAQ posted Monday.
Univision says that it offered Dish Network a short-term extension before its distribution agreement expired on Saturday, but that Dish turned it down, leading to a blackout of Univision’s stations and some of its networks.
The largest Spanish-language network, already buffeted by declining ratings, on Monday suffered through its third day of being blacked out on Dish Network and Sling TV. The carriage dispute is keeping Univision away from the pay TV outlets’ 13 million subscribers. Talks between the parties continue.
More than 60 Univision O&O station went dark on Dish’s national platforms as the companies battle over a new carriage contract. The Univision-owned stations and cable channels including Univision Deportes and Galavision went dark at 7 p.m. ET Saturday as the previous contract expired. The sides have been negotiating a new pact for weeks. Dish on Friday night declared the talks at an impasse.