Satellite announcer Dish He said he was removed from the Mid-Atlantic Sports NetworkMASN) And NBC Regional Sports Networks From a TV dish and Sling tv Last night’s platform, which affected reach in 10 states and Washington, D.C. It’s the opening day of Major League Baseball.
Specifically, Englewood-Colo-based Dish no longer holds MASN – the home of coverage for Washington and Baltimore Orioles – and neither Dish nor Sling offers NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Bay Area, and NBC Sports California.
Desh had warned in early March that RSN would be removed unless the two sides reached an agreement. Dish wants to offer networks on a selective basis, similar to premium subscription channels, with pricing for networks.
“The current RSN model is fundamentally disrupted,” Brian Nylon, group president, DishTV, said in a statement Thursday. “This model requires nearly all customers to pay for RSNs when only a small percentage of customers see them. Because these channels continue to be expensive, we no longer think it makes sense to include them in our TV channel lineup.”
Dish argued that the advent of selective viewing options and specialized streaming services had changed the landscape. She remains “open to working with RSNs to deliver sports content in a way that provides choice and value to all clients.”
Dish and Sling, has made an especially tough stance on the cost of local and regional sports networks. Last fall, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said, “For us, we had real math when it came to programming content. We know what value is when it comes to our clients. The value of regional sport to our clients has been the most overrated.”