Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Game Show Network was removed from the lineups of Dish Network’s satellite TV and Sling TV streaming services late Tuesday, after the parties failed to reach a renewal agreement.
“@dish and @Sling cancelled Game Show Network!” the network tweeted late Tuesday. “At Game Show Network we are working hard to make Game Show Network available to you again.” The tweet directed viewers to gameshownetwork.com/dish with information about how to contact Dish and switch providers.
Dish claimed that after “months of working with Game Show Network to reach a fair agreement, they have done an about-face and forced a programming blackout on Dish and Sling customers.” The company said it “remains open to working with Game Show Network to reach a fair agreement and hopes to restore the channel soon.”
“We have been working with Game Show Network for months to finalize a fair agreement for our customers,” Andy LeCuyer, SVP of programming at Dish, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Game Show Network made the decision to remove its service from Dish and Sling, backpedaling out of a handshake agreement to continue carriage of their service on our platforms. This is a deceitful negotiation tactic aimed at our customers, putting them in the middle.”
Dish pointed customers to other options to continue viewing some of Game Show Network’s programming “during their forced blackout.” It noted that Dish and Sling customers can download the free Pluto TV app from Paramount to stream several Game Show Network programs. In addition, new episodes of “Family Feud” air on ABC.
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