Glendale, Arizona --- Do Phoenix Coyotes fans have to drop DISH Network to see them play? As it stands now, that is the case.
DISH Network and Fox are currently in a stalemate on a new contract. The latest contract expired on Sept. 30. And now, after letting its carriage agreement expire, DISH has dropped FOX Sports Arizona, as well as Fox’s other 18 regional sports networks, FX and National Geographic.
If you are a DISH customer, you will not be able to watch the Phoenix Coyotes telecasts on FOX Sports Arizona, including Saturday’s much-anticipated 2010-11 home opener against the Detroit Red Wings. Furthermore, if you have DISH Network, there is no guarantee that you will be able to see any of FOX Sports Arizona’s 60 Coyotes telecasts this season.
Additionally, if a new agreement is not reached before Oct. 31, your local FOX broadcast affiliate (i.e. FOX-10 in Phoenix) will be dropped by DISH as well. What does that mean? DISH customers will not be able to watch the World Series, NFL on FOX and popular FOX primetime programming such as House, Glee, Fringe and The Simpsons.
As you can imagine, DISH’s competitors are ready, willing and able to make great offers to DISH’s customers who don’t want to miss Coyotes games (or Suns, ASU and UA). FOX Sports Arizona (and FX and National Geographic) is offered by a number of other local distributors in Arizona (Cox Communications, DirecTV, Comcast, Qwest, NPG, Mediacom, Orbitel, Western Broadband). Every Coyotes game broadcast on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports Arizona Plus is and will be available on each of these carriers.