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Dish Network Drops AT&T Sportsnet, (and local Penguins Games) From Network

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Customers of Dish Network will have to search elsewhere to watch Pittsburgh Penguins games this season as the network has cut the regional sports networks of AT&T Sportnet and Root Sports. This includes the channels of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, and ROOT Sports Northwest.

That means no locally broadcast Penguins games on Dish. Or in the Hopper. If you have FuboTV or DirectTV, do not fret as the networks will still be available there.

These regional sports networks cover the Houston Astros, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Vegas Golden Knights, Seattle Kraken, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pirates fans may welcome the respite, but Penguins fans are just gearing up for the season. Pirates fans were reportedly surprised in the middle of the Buccos blowout loss on Thurday night when the game was replaced in the middle of an inning with a “not available” message.

This dropping of networks continues the trend of Dish Network axing regional sports broadcasts. In the past two years, the TV provider has dropped regional sports networks from both Fox Sports and NBC Sports.

“The current RSN (regional sports network) model is fundamentally broken. This model requires nearly all customers to pay for RSNs when only a small percentage of customers actually watch them. AT&T and Root Sports continued demanding rates that are unreasonable to pass on to our consumers,” said Brian Neylon, group president of DishTV per a release first published on Streamable.com.

Two weeks ago, the NHL announced its national broadcast schedule with the Pittsburgh Penguins appearing in 13 national games including their season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 13.

With ESPN now airing NHL games, and the state of television continuing to change, Penguins fans will have to bounce around this season to watch the team.  EPSN, ABC, TNT, ESPN+, HULU, and of course AT&T Sportsnet are all scheduled to air Penguins games this season.

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Owen Krepps is a senior at Robert Morris University and an intern sportswriter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. He also writes for Colonial Sports Network, Pittsburgh Sports Now, RMU Sentry Media, Pittsburgh Sports Castle, and formerly Vegas Hockey Now and The Titusville Herald. He also runs his own YouTube channel by the name of Owen Krepps.

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Jason
Jason
21 days ago

Im ‘in network’ and only pay for cable because of the ATT sportsnet deal with Comcast (scam artists that they are). I havent checked in a few years, but are we any closer to Pens games being locally available via streaming outside of ATT sportsnet? Id love to finally cut the cable.

Keith T.
Keith T.
20 days ago

It isn’t just Dish Network who “pulls the plug” it is also local cable companies that do the same. For instance, Armstrong Cable refuses to carry the Big Ten network yet they carry the SEC & the ACC channels along with about a half dozen ESPN channels and 3/4 NFL Chanels. It is crazy. One almost has to purchase 3-4 different options to get what they really want instead of having basic ale cart options (which would be optimal) Instead they “bundle” all of this stuff in with the ONE channel you really want BUT you have to purchase a… Read more »

Robert Donegan
Robert Donegan
17 days ago

Sinclair Broadcasting INC. Who owns AT&T SPORTSNET Pittsburgh removed all local sport network along with all local channels they own from all providers in an attempt to renegotiate thier contracts

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