UCI Statement Regarding DISH’s Rejection of Extension Offer and Interruption of Service

NEW YORK--()--Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) made the following statement regarding DISH’s rejection of extension offer and interruption of service: 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. 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 quality content.”

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.

Contacts

Univision Communications Inc.
Bobby Amirshahi, 646-560-4902
bamirshahi@univision.net

Contacts

Univision Communications Inc.
Bobby Amirshahi, 646-560-4902
bamirshahi@univision.net