FOX Sports Detroit & DISH Network Update

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Will Pistons fans be forced to drop DISH Network to see their favorite team this season? That could be the case.

The Pistons are scheduled to play 80 times this season on FOX Sports Detroit or FOX Sports Detroit Plus. But if your TV provider is DISH Network, there is no guarantee you will see any of those games.

Here is the current situation:

  • At midnight on Oct. 1, DISH Network dropped FOX Sports Detroit (and all FSN networks throughout the United States) because it refused to reach a fair agreement with Fox to carry the network. DISH is not actively negotiating.

  • As a result, fans that have DISH will miss all Pistons games and team-related programming on FOX Sports Detroit until an agreement can be reached. DISH customers also are missing Red Wings games and all other FOX Sports Detroit programming. DISH customers also currently do not get FX or the National Geographic Channel.

  • And as of Nov. 1, DISH customers could also lose WJBK FOX 2 in Detroit.

DISH’s competitors are ready, willing and able to make great offers to fans that don’t want to miss their Pistons games. FOX Sports Detroit is offered by a number of other local distributors in our area (such as DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, WOW and Charter Cable, among others). Every Pistons game televised on FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus will be available on each of these carriers.

What should fans do?

Call 1-877-99-I-PAID or go to www.getwhatipaidfor.com to learn about other local providers that carry Fox programming.

If you are not a DISH customer, you will not be affected and get to enjoy all of FOX Sports Detroit’s Pistons telecasts this season.