Univision Stations Finally Back on Dish Network After 9-Month Carriage Dispute

Spanish-language station had been blacked out on Dish since last June

Last Updated: March 26, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

Univision and Dish Network have ended their nine-month carriage dispute, agreeing to a new contract on Tuesday.

The new agreement puts Univision channels back on Dish’s service, which is effective immediately. The new deal covers channels including Univision, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network, Galavisión, Tlnovelas and FOROtv. Separately, the companies agreed to settle all of its pending litigation against each other.

Last June, Univision ceased service on more than 60 stations programmed for the Dish Network and blocked Sling customers from accessing its channels on the network.

“We want to thank our Dish customers for their patience as we worked to reach an agreement that is fair to all parties, especially our customers,” said Erik Carlson, Dish president and CEO. “For more than 20 years, Dish has led our industry in serving the U.S. Hispanic community, and today’s announcement is reflective of our commitment to delivering quality content at the right value.”

Univision is the top Spanish-language broadcast network in the U.S. The long interruption of fees from Dish were a blight on Univision’s earnings in recent quarters. The new agreement comes just days after Viacom and Dish rival DirecTV had a contentious retransmission negotiation of their own, though that did not involve a blackout.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Dish that recognizes the value of our top-rated networks and stations,” said Univision CEO Vince Sadusky. “We look forward to once again providing Dish and DishLatino customers with the news, sports, and entertainment content they love. Thank you to our loyal audience for your unwavering support.”

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