Dish Network and Univision reach agreement after nine month impasse

After nearly nine months, Univision channels are returning to Dish Network.

The satellite TV-provider and Univision Communications announced they reached “a long-term agreement for carriage of Univision networks and stations on DishLATINO and DISH,” according to a joint statement.

On June 30, Univision blocked three of its channels including local affiliates on Dish.

In a statement, Dish President and CEO Erik Carlson thanked customers for their patience “as we worked to reach an agreement that is fair to all parties, especially our customers.”

“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,” Carlson said.

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During the negotiations, Dish officials said Univision was “demanding a rate increase of 75 percent for channels whose ratings have declined by nearly a third over the past five years.” 

Dish accommodated customers by giving credits and free over-the-air antennas.

“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 in the statement. “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.”

The companies also announced they agreed to settle all pending litigation between the two.

Channels vary by programming package and a full list is available at both www.dishlatino.com and www.dish.com.

Sling customers also were affected by the impasse but the Univision channels will not return for them.

Those customers can access Univision content through the Univision Now and Univision Deportes apps, or for free with an over-the-air antenna.

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