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Dish Network customers blocked by Fox

DISH Network customers may mis Bobby Cox's final game as Braves manager because of negotiations with FOX.

DISH Network customers may mis Bobby Cox's final game as Braves manager because of negotiations with FOX.

Dish Network customers planning to watch two of the three final Atlanta Braves regularly scheduled season games this weekend, may be out of luck.

Fox Networks is blocking Dish's access to its Fox Sports channels, FX and NatGeo. The sticking point is rate increases. Dish said they are asking for transmission fee increase of more than 50 percent. Those increases are often passed on to customers in the form of higher monthly subscription rates.

In a press release today, Dish said, "Fox has flatly refused Dish Network's request to allow customers to continue to watch these FOX channels during the negotiations."

"Dish Network is not going to allow Fox or any programmer to bully our customers into paying such an unconscionable price increase," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for Dish Network in the press release.

The University of Georgia football game on Saturday night versus Colorado is set to air on Fox Sports South, which would be unavailable if this dispute continues.

But good news, Dawg fans: Dish has come up with a work around. It has made some channels available that most Atlanta subscribers don't normally get, including Channel 9667, which is Comcast Rocky Mountain. That network is airing the Georgia-Colorado game. In that case, you'll hear the game from the Colorado perspective but at least you'll get the game.

There, so far, appears to be no other option for the affected Braves game. SportsSouth is scheduled to air the Braves-Phillies game tonight at 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports South is set to air the Sunday game, which could be manager Bobby Cox's final game ever, at 1:30 p.m.