That's the word from the Dish Network, which just sent word that, nope, it's not gonna drop regular ol' FOX from its line-up after all. And, matter of fact, those 19 regional sports nets axed on October 1, including Fox Sports Southwest, are back; so too FX and the National Geographic Channel. Neither side's saying how much money's involved in the settlement, which had both sides pointing fingers at each other over carriage fees.
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Says Dave Shull, senior veep of programming for Dish, in the just-sent statement: "After prolonged negotiations to reach a fair deal, we're pleased to enter into a long term agreement with Fox and to assure our customers that they can continue to enjoy these channels." Adds FOX's Mike Hopkins, the man who keeps the affiliates happy: "I want to thank our partners at Dish Network who worked tirelessly to help us reach a successful conclusion." Long story short: If there's still a World Series come Monday, it'll be on the Dish Network. That's a big if.