Fox and DISH Network failed to reach a deal by midnight that would have kept Fox channels from being suspended on DISH. Thus, Fox channels — including FOX Sports Arizona — will be blacked out until the issue is resolved. From the New York Times:
The subscribers are caught in the middle of a dispute between Dish and the News Corporation over the fees that are paid to carry the channels.
The two companies can’t even agree about what happened at the stroke of midnight Friday morning, when the channels vanished from Dish’s system. In dueling statements, Fox Networks claimed that Dish “decided to no longer carry Fox Networks cable programming,” while Dish claimed that Fox Networks was “blocking” access to the channels.
Dish Network says it has about 14 million subscribers.
Threats of losing access to popular channels are now commonplace when companies negotiate new TV contracts.
DISH subscribers looking for more information on that situation should visit www.GetWhatIPaidFor.com or call 1.877.99.I.PAID
Because of a conflict with Game 7 of the Coyotes vs. Red Wings NHL playoffs series, the D-backs will air on FOX Sports Arizona plus again tonight.
Here is a reminder of where you can find those games on your cable lineup:
Cox — Phoenix and Tucson — 108 & 608 (HD)
Qwest — Phoenix — 999
Comcast — Tucson — 17
Orbitel — Maricopa — 71
Aztech Cable/Expand — Bullhead City/Mojave County — 112
DirecTV — statewide — 680 & 680-1 (HD)
Dish Network — statewide — 475 (no HD feed available).
If you’re looking for the D-backs on Friday night, don’t fret when you turn to Fox Sports Arizona and it isn’t there. The network has set up an auxiliary channel to carry the D-backs when there are scheduling conflicts with Coyotes and Suns playoff games.
Here are the channels where Fox Sports Arizona Plus will be running:
Cox (108/SD, 608/HD) in Phoenix and Tucson
DirecTV (608/SD, 608-1/HD) throughout Arizona
DISH Network (452/SD, 9518/HD) throughout Arizona
Qwest (999/SD) in Phoenix
Orbitel (71/SD) in Maricopa
Aztech Cable/Expand (112/SD) in Bullhead City and Mojave County.
NPG Cable (28/SD) in Bullhead City, Flagstaff (46/SD), Kingman (100/SD), Lake Havasu (27/SD), Parker (77/SD), Payson (80/SD), Pine (51/SD), Sedona (45/SD)