Dish, which has 14 million subscribers, dropped FNC and
Fox News has now turned up the heat in the battle with a website it created, www.keepfoxnews.com, and a toll-free number that directs Dish customers to other video providers.
"What my team is working on now is that everyone at Dish who wants Fox News and is not receiving it now, gets it quickly," said Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution for Fox News.
According to Carry, 7,000 calls to the toll-free line -- answered with a recorded message from the announcer heard daily on the channel -- were transferred to Dish "for disconnect" since 6 a.m. EST Sunday.
Customers have also sent 22,000 emails to Dish with the message “since they dumped us we’re going to dump them,” he added. Fox News frequently ranks among the top-rated cable channels, thanks in large part to the popularity of its prime-time hosts Bill O’Reilly,
Carry did not offer details on what parent company 21st Century
"They are just not interested in agreeing to those terms," he said of Dish. In a statement, Dish said Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are being used as leverage to increase fees on other Fox entertainment and sports channels, which are not part of the same contract.
“Dish has had a productive relationship with Fox for many years,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming. “We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to Dish’s programming lineup.”