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.