Dish-Univision Legal Battle Heats Up

The satellite operator is suing Univision in federal court, alleging that it distributed Mexican soccer games via Facebook in violation of their carriage agreement. Last month, Univision moved to dismiss the suit. Dish responded on Friday, contending that nothing in the agreement permits Univision to repackage programming and “then allowing that content to be given away for free.”

Dish Sues Univision Over Soccer Streaming

Now we know why Dish has taken Univision to court. It all relates to the Spanish-language programmer’s announcement in February to stream all 46 matches of the Liga MX season via Facebook Live, including the playoffs. Dish filed its lawsuit against Univision earlier this month under seal, but a heavily redacted version of the complaint obtained by Cablefax shows that Dish believes its affiliate agreement with Univision expressly prohibits the programmer from “allowing linear services to be distributed for free via the Internet or a wireless cellular provider.”