— ONE World Sports (@ONEWorldSports) August 30, 2016
The move not only removes the channel from DISH, but also affects followers of the team who use Sling TV to access the network.
“While we know this is the best business decision for our network, we deeply regret how this may impact our viewers and their ability to watch all the exciting programming slated for September,” the network released in a statement.
According to OWS, DISH requested provisions that would have restricted their ability to expand. The network preferred to issue a series of short-term extensions while working towards a new agreement, but could not come to terms with the carrier over this.
The network sought to be carried on a domestic sports package and in HD “rather than continue to be packaged as an ethnic channel, and in SD” according to Deadline.
“Viewers who want to see One World’s sports content can access it via BitTorrent, fuboTV or Playstation Vue,” stated the Connecticut-based channel.
According to a release on its 2016 first quarter financial results, DISH has 13.874MM Pay-TV subscribers, including the Sling TV viewers.
This is obviously not an ideal situation for the club as their limited exposure loses nearly another 14MM potentlal viewers as a result of the deal, especially on the eve of a major match and with about a third of the season still remaining.
One can only hope that the deal with DISH was passed on in order to expand elsewhere.
Our own Steve Hamlin recently wrote an opinion piece on the relationship between the Cosmos and One World Sports. You can read that here.