Phoenix – If you have a dish network, the Colorado Rockies season ended a few days ago.
Dish Network has removed AT&T Sports Net from its channel lineup, effectively slashing TV coverage of the Colorado Rockies and other major sports teams across the country.
The move was announced on Thursday by both DISH and AT&T SportsNet. Rockies fans who normally watch the game through DISH will not be able to watch the last three games of the season in Arizona.
The dish not only knocked out AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain – which plays Rockies Games – but also AT&T Sports Net Southwest, AT&T Sports Net Pittsburgh and Root Sports North West. ۔
Dish customers in these markets are now without direct games from teams such as the Houston Astros, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Vegas Golden Knights, Seattle Creek, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
For sports fans in Colorado, the decision comes after two straight seasons that Nougat, Avalanche and Rapid Games were not available on Comcast (XFinity Cable) and DISH when both supplier contracts with Altitude TV expired. ۔
The Rockies made no statement on the matter, citing AT&T Sports Net’s statements.
“We’re not surprised that Dish Network has chosen to deprive its customers of its regional sports networks,” said Patrick Crumb, president of AT&T Sports Networks. “As the agreements with DISH of each of the country’s regional sports networks have been renewed over the years, we have seen them remove every RSN from its channel lineup.
“To date, AT&T Sports Net and Root Sports Network have been among the last remaining RSNs on the DISH platform.
“It is unfortunate that DISH has decided to abandon local MLB, NBA and NHL games, but the majority of DISH subscribers will have numerous alternative options for TV and streaming providers that take over our network.” And we expect a lot of people to switch from DISH to providers who value local sports premium content.
Dish Network, of course, provides a different view of the situation.
“The current RSN model is basically broken,” said Brush Nylon, DISH’s group president. Cord told Cutter News. “This model requires almost all customers to pay for RSNs while only a small portion of customers see them.”
Nylon said there should be an alternative for fans to watch regional sports networks.
“Our proposal to give sports fans access to RSSN is simple, and provides choice and value to all our customers,” Nylon said. “This will allow DISH TV users to choose to subscribe to RSN channels – such as regional AT&T SportsNet and Root Sports Network – based on La Cart, like premium subscription channels.
“With this latest RSN model, no subscribers will be forced to pay for content they don’t watch, and RSNs will determine how much consumers pay for their channels.”