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Additionally, no agreement appears to be on the horizon.
Sources said that no progress was made during the interim time period, leading the Fox group to deauthorize the satellite provider from carrying the channels.
The issue comes down to price and flexibility -- Dish wanted the ability to put some of the RSNs on premium tiers.
When the RSNs signed an affiliate deal with Charter in June, its execs believed it had developed a template for future deals with distributors like Dish. Dish has a reputation for being a tough negotiator -- it dropped HBO in November.
Dish also is looking for areas to cut costs, and RSNs are among the most expensive channels on pay-TV. Fox is counting on fan pressure to mount as the MLB season enters its stretch run.
Dish Network is depending on viewer apathy, believing that fans will not find new providers if a channel is dropped. Comcast, for example, dropped YES Network in Connecticut and New Jersey for the '16 season, and sources said its subscriber losses were not significant.
The purchase still needs to be approved by the U. Department of Justice. In the interim, the RSNs have been operating as a holding group separate from Disney.
Sinclair has not been involved in the negotiations. Disney and Dish signed a short extension earlier this week. It is not known when that extension is set to expire.