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Koster says DISH is violating agreement by not including Fox Sports MidwestPosted Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 2:56 PM
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is weighing in on the dispute that has kept DISH network subscribers from being able to watch my alma mater's Tigers and other Big 12 sports on Fox Sports Midwest.
Keeping viewers from watching Mizzou football, especially during a winning season like this one, is in deed a matter worthy of the attorney general's attention, in my opinion. But all joking aside, this is serious business.
Koster says DISH Network is violating a July 2009 Assurance of Voluntary Compliance agreement by ceasing transmission of Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Kansas City, FX, and the National Geographic Channel to Missouri subscribers.
"Whether they are watching our undefeated Mizzou Tigers roll through the Big 12 or watching Shark Hunters on Expedition Great White, these stations are important pieces in a consumers' TV choices. Our job is to stand up for Missouri consumers."
Koster said many DISH subscribers entered into service contracts believing these channels would be provided for the duration of their contract commitment and would not have done so had they know that would not be the case. DISH Network's costs of providing service have decreased as a result of not providing FOX programming, but subscribers' monthly rates have not changed, he said.
For more info, visit Koster's website: http://ago.mo.gov/newsreleases/2010/Atto...
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