Dish Network customers can watch Kings – for now

Kings fans who are Dish Network customers will be able to watch tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors after the satellite TV provider and Comcast Sports Net agreed this morning to a short-term extension in their ongoing negotiations.

Dish Network continued to carry Comcast SportsNet California and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area programming after the contract expired at 9 p.m. Monday.

There was no official announcement, but this statement was posted on a website used by Comcast SportsNet to generate support in its dispute with Dish: “We have a short-term extension, and Comcast SportsNet will continue to be available to Dish customers.”

In the Sacramento region, Comcast SportsNet broadcasts Kings, Sharks, Giants and A’s games, plus pre-game and post-game shows for those teams and the 49ers and Raiders.

The length of the extension is unknown. The contract impasse also affects Comcast regional sports networks in Chicago, Washington-Baltimore and New England.

Dish Network and Comcast SportsNet have been negotiating the amount Dish pays to carry the regional networks, part of NBC Sports Group. Comcast SportsNet has said it is seeking the same fees – less than a 10 percent increase – paid by other TV providers, but Dish reportedly has said Comcast SportsNet is seeking a 40 percent increase.