It's unfortunate that FOX pulled its channels off DISH Network at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1. The loss of FOX regional sports channels is completely out of our control. We asked FOX to leave the channels up while we negotiated for a fair deal and FOX refused.
If anyone owes our customers a refund, it's FOX and not just for service fees but for the inconvenience of denying our Missouri customers access to the undefeated Missouri Tigers.
FOX is owned by News Corporation, a global media cartel that has demanded exorbitant rate increases from TV distributors nationwide. It also pulled this same stunt with Cablevision customers in NY this month and threatened a blackout for Time Warner customers last December.
Numerous public policy groups and Congressional and state leaders from different parts of the country have called for FOX to stop holding its viewers hostage and return the channels to the air while the companies negotiate.
In this economy, we feel a strong obligation to protect our customers from unreasonable expenses like the enormous rate increase of more than 50 percent FOX is demanding for its regional sports channels. We ask for our customers' patience and support while we work to reach a fair deal.
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