It has been nearly four months since Univision Communications‘ Univision and UniMás O&Os and affiliates and the Galavisión cable network were dropped from DISH Network in what has become one of the most bitter retransmission fee disputes ever seen.
Counter-claims filed earlier this month by Univision accuse DISH Network of false advertising and trademark infringement. DISH is moving forward by launching a unique channel designed to help its Spanish-dominant subscribers perfect their English.
Now, the last network tied to Univision still on DISH is about to go dark.
Univision on Wednesday (10/24) began warning Dish customers that they could soon lose access to Univision Deportes Network, which has a different contract termination date than that for Univision, UniMás and Galavision.
According to Univision, UDN in 2017 was the second most-watched sports network on Dish, regardless of language, sourcing Nielsen data for Adults 18-49 in broadcast prime.
A Univision spokesperson tells RBR+TVBR the loss of UDN would harm fans of Liga MX, the first-division soccer league in Mexico. Regarding the search for a new retransmission agreement, the company says, “When Univision launched UDN in 2012, it did so at a very modest rate. As a new network, UDN had to prove its value to MVPDs. Over the past six years, UDN has emerged as a 24/7/365 sports powerhouse that is experiencing continued growth.”
What can DISH customers do? Univision is asking them to find a new service provider and dump DISH.
Meanwhile, DISH customers wanting to watch Univision, UniMás, or Galavisión presently only receive the following message: