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DISH offers credit to DishLATINO, Sling Latino subs amid Univision dispute

DISH Network Corp. has offered $5 per month credits to DishLATINO and Sling Latino package subscribers amid an ongoing carriage dispute with Univision Communications Inc.

DishLATINO and DISH customers on June 30 lost access to three of its channels: Univision, including local affiliates, UniMás and Galavisión, while Sling customers lost access to all of Univision channels on the service, according to a July 30 news release.

Starting Aug. 1, August bills will reflect a $5-per-month credit for DishLATINO monthly packages. Customers subscribing to the "Best of Spanish TV" standalone service on Sling TV will also be issued a monthly credit of $5. Prices of Spanish-language add-ons will remain $5 per month when combined with Sling Orange, Sling Blue or any other Spanish-language service.

"While we've been available, responsive and have made a best effort to negotiate, Univision appears to be forcing an impasse," Erik Carlson, DISH president and CEO, said in a news release. "We strongly believe that, in light of Univision's departure from the negotiation table and from the DISH lineup, it's the right thing to offer a credit to our DishLATINO and Sling Latino customers."

Univision recently pointed out DISH subscribers to other distributors, as well as its own streaming services as means to access its fare.