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Univision and Dish strike deal after monthslong programming blackout


One of the ugliest TV distribution fights in recent history is finally coming to an end after months of harsh rhetoric, complaints and legal battles. DISH and Univision Communications Inc., announced Wednesday a long-term agreement for Dish satellite networks (DISH and DishLATINO) to carry Univision networks and stations.

Why it matters: Dish customers in areas across the United States that are heavily-populated with Hispanic-Americans were unable to access Univision, one of the largest Spanish-language broadcasters in the country, since June 2018.

HBO goes dark for the first time amid distribution fight with Dish

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HBO and Cinemax, two premium cable channels that are owned by AT&T, have gone dark for more than 10 million Dish Pay TV subscribers and 2.5 million Sling TV subscribers, a digital TV package owned by Dish.

Why it matters: It's the first time HBO, which is considered a must-have premium channel for many consumers, has been blocked to customers over a distribution deal disagreement.