Multichannel News is reporting that Dish Network has dropped four HD channels from Walt Disney Co. — Disney Channel HD, Disney XD HD, ABC Family HD and ESPNews HD — with the satellite operator claiming the programmer is asking for “significant” carriage fees. “Dish Network offers all customers ‘HD Free for Life,’ which is possible because we are committed to negotiating fair contracts that allow us to keep our prices low,” the satellite operator said in a statement. “That is why we could not agree to the significant fees requested by Disney and ESPN Networks.” Dish said it is continuing to negotiate with Disney and ESPN Networks and that it hopes “to reach a fair resolution.”
Disney responded in a statement, “Our position [is] that Dish Network is not entitled to carry ABC Family HD, Disney Channel HD, Disney XD HD and ESPNews HD without paying compensation. We hope that Dish will work with us to reach an agreement so that we can make these HD networks available to their customers.”
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