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By Marcia C. A slate screen notified viewers that the game was unavailable.
Getting the extra 25 games, which were previously broadcast by local affiliate KCOP, meant higher production costs and rights fees for Fox Sports West. Most distributors, among them Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications, made deals with Fox Sports West to carry the additional games before the season began on April 6.
A spokesman for Dish Network said Thursday acknowledged that negotiations were continuing and that the company did not want to pass the extra costs onto its customers.
Now, Fox Sports West is asking for additional fees in order for us to deliver the 25 remaining games approx. Sports content costs are sky-rocketing at an unsustainable pace across the country.
Sometimes, we have to make hard decisions on behalf of our customers in order to control content costs. Without a deal, 22 more telecasts will be affected this season.
We will continue to update you on our progress as we work to make every televised Angels game available to our viewers. A lot of people are calling. Let me give you the number for the Dish Network.
From Johnathan Wilson on Thursday: I called last night to complain about Fox Sport West being blocked out during the Angel game telecast only to be told that it was due to a contract dispute and they do not want to increase our monthly rate.
My bill just went up again this past month a few more dollars and has been increased at least three times in the past year.
Our agreement with Fox Sports West did not include a number of Angels games. Since these games were not included in our original agreement Fox is blacking the additional games out. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you.