Dish Network subscribers hoping to obtain their Match Game or Pyramid fix will have to hold back. Tuesday, the premium cable provider and its own streaming alternative Sling TV yanked the network because of an expired agreement. The network itself broke the news headlines Tuesday, sending a tweet to its followers hoping they’d get in touch with Dish and help with the public negotiations.
“@dish and @Sling cancelled Game Show Network! At Game Show Network we have been working hard to create Game Show Network accessible to you again,” the account tweeted late Tuesday. “Contact DISH in their mind know how you are feeling.”
In accordance with a statement obtained by Variety, Dish says its been dealing with the overall game Show Network for “months,” saying it had been the network’s choice to accomplish “an about-face” and “force a programming blackout on Dish and Sling customers.” Still, the provider said it had been willing to use GSN on arriving at an agreement to have the channel live and the services.
“We’ve been dealing with Game Show Network for months to finalize a good agreement for the customers,” Andy LeCuyer, Dish SVP of programming, said in the statement. “Unfortunately, Game Show Network made a decision to eliminate its service from Dish and Sling, backpedaling out of a handshake agreement to keep carriage of these service on our platforms. It is a deceitful negotiation tactic targeted at our customers, putting them in the centre.”
Launched in 1994, the overall game Show Network is owned by Sony Pictures Television and largely specializes and licensing classic game shows and re-presenting them for a fresh generation. The network also offers a small number of programs it developed originally including Chain Reaction, America Says, and People Puzzler.
A few of the Game Show Network’s programming is currently streaming free of charge on Pluto TV while shows like Family Feud continue steadily to air new episodes on the original network.