Univision stations have gone dark for Dish Network subscribers in Austin and a number of other cities.
The satellite provider removed the channels over the weekend, even though Univision says it had offered a two-week extension
while contract talks continued.
Dish subscribers no longer have access to Univision, UniMás and Galavision, while folks who subscribe to Dish’s Sling streaming
service have lost Univision, UniMás, Galavision, Univision Deportes Network, Fusion and El Rey.
"It is outrageous that Dish has rejected our offer of a two-week contract extension to allow its customers and our viewers
to continue to have access to Univision’s highly rated networks and stations," Univision said in a written statement. "While
Dish has routinely used blackouts against broadcasters – its 68 broadcast blackouts since 2010 are significantly more than
any other distributor in that time – Univision expected Dish to take our negotiations and its commitment to Hispanic consumers
seriously when it told its customers this week that it wanted to ‘reach a mutually beneficial deal’ for Univision’s ‘high
"Instead of fulfilling its promise to its customers, Dish has chosen to devalue our programming, disingenuously offering a
fraction of what it pays our English-language peers. We stand ready to continue negotiations and enter into a short-term extension
to restore service, especially with Dish customers missing our coverage of the Mexican presidential election, which many are
calling ‘the biggest election in Mexican history.’ Dish should do right by its Spanish-speaking audiences, agree to restore
service, and negotiate a good faith agreement."
Univision says it is the No. 3 most-watched network that Dish carries, regardless of language, and that its various networks
combined account for 60 percent of Spanish-language viewership on the Dish Latino package.