Tuesday, October 25, 2011

KRIV, KDFW, KTBC and other Fox channels could be off DirecTV




Remember when I told you that Belo and DirecTV were in some intense negotiations that could affect DirecTV customer's ability to see Texas stations WFAA, KHOU, KENS and KVUE?

Well, it appears that Belo isn't the only one having a dispute with the satellite TV company.

Now Fox broadcasting is taking its DirecTV battle public too. Just like Belo, Fox is facing a possible November 1st cut off date form the service if a deal cannot be reached. Stations affected would be KRIV Houston, KDFW Dallas and KTBC Austin. That's in addition to Fox's cable outlets like Fox Sports (not counting Fox News).

At issue right now, is that broadcasters like Belo want more money to be featured on DirecTV and the satellite company is digging in its heels. Fox claims this is not true in its case.

On a newly created Fox website called keepmynets.com, the broadcasting company writes:

DirecTV says Fox Networks wants a 40% increase. That’s just not true. We have proposed to keep Fox Networks on DirecTV for the same price, and on the same terms as they are currently carried while we attempt to work out a fair agreement. Unfortunately, DirecTV has decided unless they get their way, they are going to pull your favorite networks, shows and sports programming. Starting on November 1, DirecTV will no longer carry FX, FSN, SPEED, National Geographic Channel, FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes, FUEL TV and Fox Movie Channel.

"We hope to resolve this situation before any action is taken, but we will do what's necessary to protect our customers from excessive and unwarranted fee increases," DirecTV spokesman Darris Gringeri told the American-Statesman on Monday. "We already provide News Corp. nearly a billion dollars a year for their channels, and we have no problem continuing to compensate them fairly."

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