Did Dish & Sling just lose Game Show Network?
Satcaster Dish and its streaming service, Sling TV, both lost Game Show Network last night after failing to strike a new distribution deal with the channel. The satcaster made the announcement in a press release.
“We’ve been working with Game Show Network for months to finalize a fair deal for our customers,” said Andy LeCuyer, senior vice president of programming for Dish. “Unfortunately, Game Show Network has made the decision to remove their services from Dish and Sling, forgoing a handshake agreement to continue carrying their service on our platforms. This is a deceptive trading tactic aimed at our clients, putting them in the middle. »
The Game Show Network, which is owned by Sony Pictures Television, countered that it “tried to make a deal with Dish, but after eight months of negotiations, we were unable to accommodate their demands. Dish chooses to do so at Game Show Network, an independent network, which costs virtually nothing compared to local broadcasting or sports networks.
The channel’s programming, which is particularly popular with older viewers, includes shows such as Deal or No Deal. The Match Game, The $100,000 Pyramid, America Says and Family Feud.
Dish notes in its press release that select Game Show Network programs can be seen on the free streaming app, Pluto TV, while new episodes of Family Feud are now airing on ABC.
At Game Show Network websitevisitors receive the following pop-up message:
“DISH and Sling have elected to remove Game Show Network from your line-up. At Game Show Network, we are working hard to make Game Show Network available to you again.
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