Bad news for lovers of sport who are subscribers of the pay television system Dish Network. This Wednesday, Fox Sports Mexico He reported that stopped broadcasting its channels in the “red antenna” service.
Through a statement, the channel owned by Lauman Grouppointed out that his surprise exit is due to the fact that No agreement was reached between the two parties.
“Our channels will go off the air starting today, Wednesday, April 13 at 12:00 pm”
However, he assured thatwill continue in an open dialogue with Dish so that they can reach an agreement in the future to continue with the transmission of the sports grid.
“We reiterate our commitment to continue with an open dialogue with the Dish Board at all times, as long as the conditions offered by Dish are adequate for the value of our channels and the value that subscribers give to our programming”
In this way, the contents that will no longer be broadcast are the wrestling of WWEFormula One (F1), the Liga MX for women and men, the CONCACAF Champions LeagueUEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, NFL and MLBamong others.
They reminded the audience that their channels are available on the other pay TV systems and on their digital platform Fox Premiumwho offer different programming packages according to each budget.
For its part, the cable company of American origin mentioned in another statement Fox Sports intended to considerably increase the cost through its channels “that now they are left with less sports content”, so in order to acquire it, subscribers would have to spend up to 50% more in your monthly payment.
“We remind you that part of the sports programming that you watched on Fox Sports, you can continue to enjoy on Claro Sports, on ESPN channels or on open TV channels available in your package”
Last year Lauman Groupnewspaper owner The financialacquired the Fox Sports channels by obtaining authorization from the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT). The sale was one of the conditions established by the regulatory body so that it could approve the merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox in 2019, due to the fact that both companies concentrated between 70 and 80% of sports content on pay TV.
“This acquisition complements Grupo Lauman’s portfolio and corporate strategy in the Media and Telecommunications Area. We feel honored and proud to acquire the number one sports channel on pay television in Mexico,” said Manuel Arroyo, president of Laumann group.
“We are sure that at the closing of the operation we will maintain the growth of Fox Sports as the leading sports content channels in Mexico and we reiterate our commitment to continue investing in Mexico, in order to build a better country for everyone every day,” he added.
Lauman Group competed in the acquisition with the AT&T companies, Mediapro and subscription television stations América Móvil, Multimedios and Televisa.
Now that these sports programs can be consumed not only through television but also through its streaming platform, Fox Sports México will seek to reach younger audienceswho are the most difficult to capture due to changes in content consumption.