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Local Fox affiliates and sports channels go dark for Dish Network customers

Chicago is among the cities affected by the dispute between the network and the satellite carrier.

Dish Network customers hoping to watch Thursday’s Packers-Eagles game will have to make other plans. Fox’s local channels, as well as its sports channels, have gone dark on the satellite provider.
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NEW YORK — Fox’s cable sports networks and some local Fox stations have gone dark for customers of satellite TV provider Dish because of a dispute over the networks’ cost.

Dish says the broadcast network was pulled in 17 markets, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Houston. Fox News remains on Dish.

Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and Big Ten Network have also gone dark, according to Yahoo.

Customers of the Sling streaming service are also affected.

These types of blackouts have become increasingly common as broadcasters seek to charge cable and satellite TV providers more. Those costs eventually show up on customers’ bills.

Dish is offering affected customers antennas for the Fox network. It’s also recommending the Locast streaming service. Those won’t work for cable. It suggests watching NFL games using the TV antenna or the NFL app for mobile.