Univision channels go dark on Dish Network and Sling TV due to contract impasse
Is Univision coming back to sling TV? A failure in negotiation on the part of Dish TV and Univision channels has resulted in the removal of three Spanish language channels from Dish Network’s satellite television system. Moreover, they have also been removed from the Sling Com Activate streaming service of the Dish TV network. While it is not clear how long this blackout of the Univision channels will last but going by the looks of what happened on the negotiation table where both the parties failed to even reach an agreement on the two week contract expansion, it seems the road is going to be very long for the viewers of Univision channels.
It has been alleged by the Dish TV Network that the Univision Communication group has demanded a 75 per cent hike in their fees for their Spanish language channels so that they can be brought closer to the fees charged by the English language channels like ABC, NBC and others, even though the ratings of their shows has been suffering for quite some time. Reason for the blackout This according to the Dish Sling TV Activate group have been termed as ‘untenable demands’ on the part of the Univision Communications. This has also led to Dish cancelling the contraction expansion for a couple of weeks, which would have allowed both the companies to reach at a mutually agreed new contract.
Univision’s response On the other hand, Univision has latched out at Dish TV network alleging that Dish TV’s 68 broadcast blackouts since 2010 are significantly more than any other distributor in that time and expected Dish to take their negotiations and its commitment to Hispanic consumers seriously. The company also said that it is ready to continue negotiating with Dish Sling TV Activation that it can restore service for customers missing out on their coverage of the Mexican presidential election, which many have remarked as the biggest election in Mexican history.
Sling TV is increasing Sling Orange, its channel package with ESPN, to $25 A decade earlier, cable TV providers were ruling the roost as they were the sole providers and had monopoly over the pricing and the content people could get to watch on their television sets. However, lately, this trend has reversed as the popularity of streaming services have been growing with an improvement in internet connectivity. Amongst the cheapest streaming services that are there to choose from, Sling TV seems to win the race against its competitors. With the base price hovering around the $20 to $25 mark, Sling TV is possibly the best bet for any TV consumer to cut the cable TV chord. Basically there are two types of subscriptions, Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Recently, the parent company – Dish TV had decided to increase the rates of Sling Orange thereby making it expensive by $5 which is effective immediately. Sling Orange includes channels like ESPN, Disney AMC, Comedy central.
Reason for the hike The company officials are blaming the hike in the rate of Sling Orange on the networks and the content providers. Hence, they had to pass it on to the end consumers. Moreover, the president of Sling Com Activate has made statement which points to the fact that the programming fees is going to rise further. However, there seems to be a silver lining in this rate hike as Sling TV today announced that it’s now offering several different types of content without requiring a base monthly subscription. Moreover, a new ‘Watch Now’ row is being added to the home screen that includes ad-sponsored content that the subscribers can watch for free. It’s coming first to Roku and then to other devices later on. Also, Watch Now offering more than 100 hours of popular TV shows and movies, including Wrecked, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Good Behavior, Flip or Flop and more.
Thank you for watching