Received a statement from Big Ten Network overnight that the temporary agreement between BTN and Dish Network has expired and the channel is no longer on the satellite provider’s lineup.
Twice over the last few weeks, the two companies had come to terms on temporary agreements that would keep Big Ten Network on Dish while they would continue to negotiate a long-term arrangement. However, the last temporary agreement expired at midnight and Dish chose to pull Big Ten Network from it lineup.
No word if Dish will continue talks or if the two sides will wage a public relations battle in the interim.
Here’s BTN’s statement on the matter.
BTN Agreement with DISH Expired
As of September 14th, BTN’s distribution agreement with Dish expired despite our best efforts to finalize an agreement. We are disappointed that Dish does not see the value in the network in the same way that so many of their customers do, including Big Ten students, alumni, fans and viewers across the country who continue to pay Dish for a channel they no longer receive.
Let’s see how long this lasts. These disputes are so silly and only hurt the customer.