Networks May Go Dark in Dispute Between DirecTV and News Corp.

Oct 21, 2011  •  Post A Comment

About two dozen cable networks owned by News Corp. may go dark Nov. 1 across satellite-TV provider DirecTV amid a dispute over distribution terms, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

DirecTV said News Corp. wants a 40% increase in subscriber fees for the networks, which include FX, the National Geographic Channel and 19 regional sports networks, the story notes.

"We already provide News Corp. nearly a billion dollars a year for their channels, and we have no problem continuing to compensate them fairly," DirecTV said in a statement, calling the deal offered by News Corp. "unfair."

A representative for Fox Networks called the 40% claim "ridiculous" and said it has offered to allow DirecTV to continue to carry the networks at their current rate while the companies work on a new contract, the piece adds.


  1. DIRECTV needs to rethink there game plain before deciding to take down Fox they offer all the best TV shows and they offer them on cable Networks lower tier packages most of the time. Between Sunday night programs on Fox and house I would not be willing to give up Fox and if I were a DIRECTV customer I would be calling and asking some serious questions. I work for DISH Network and I can tell you Fox carries sport channels for customer’s regional networks and I think it would be some serious thinking before the next sport season.

  2. With the necessities of media being in the for front of everyday peoples lives these days I find it more and more interesting how the major Network’s seems to have a noose around the necks of entertainment providers. I am a film blogger and require that I have certain access to media, film and a variety of other aspects of the entertainment world. Considering the necessities, I started looking early on for the right service and I am glad I did. Because of the extensive research I require, which demands technology for my film blog hobby, which I will not let suffer while I travel frequently for work. I figured I needed to start doing some searching on how best to get the information while away so I could keep up on my passionate hobby. Due to my joy of writing and the topics, therein I required resources that would allow me the movie and TV options necessary to fulfill my needs. I began searching for a solution that would branch out into all the options needed to suit all the requirements and recently it has been obvious. It was a bit shocking that certain providers like Direct TV require an online rebate application to be submitted just to get their new customer promotion, which takes 6-8 weeks. In addition, there are no extras for the basic package if that is all I can afford. Meaning no free HD for life, or an upgrade to a DVR should I need one or premium movie channels once I am a customer as I found with Dish Network once a customer. This would not work due to the type of writing I do, which is all based off movies and the actors surrounding them. Then I found out that DirecTV and Fox Networks are currently in negotiations meaning that all Fox Network channels will be pulled as of Nov 1st. This would be huge for football fans. In addition, they are going to start pulling locals as well in upcoming negotiations. With Dish Network, I found no issues with Fox Network channels or locals, which I require for my research. I also found out that with Dish Network I could get more programming and movie channels for far less money plus a free Sling Adapter, which fits me as I travel a lot, and need to bring my services with me. I ended up changing jobs and started working for Dish Network, still traveling a lot but understanding better how all this is possible. Now I am clear that whatever makes it easiest to work and enjoy my own hobby is what is necessary.

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