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Satellite TV operator Dish Network Corp. said Friday that News Corp.'s Fox television unit cut its access to 19 regional sports networks, FX and the National Geographic Channel after Dish refused to pay for a rate increase of more than 50 percent.
"AMC Networks requires us to carry low-rated channels like IFC and WE to access a few popular AMC shows. The math is simple: It's not a good value for our customers," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of programming for Dish.
Passing on programming-cost increases to its subscribers would go against the company's main selling point, he said.