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."

Play nicely kids.


  1. who wants to watch that BS crap Faux news puts out?!? I know it is local stations involved, but they are taking orders from Rupert Murdoch!

  2. Mike, doesn't Rupert Murdoch have a majority stake in Direct TV as he does Fox (Newscorp)? This is why this is so confusing to me. He's fighting himself. Right?

  3. According to this, News Corp. does not have an interest anymore.


  4. Is it me or does the NAB lockout and the DirecTV/News Corp. dispute are about the same thing?

  5. Got it. Thanks Mike.

  6. Directv says that local FOX affiliates and FOX News aren't affected.

  7. Fox affiliates are not affected, but according to Fox its owned and operated stations are.

  8. DIRECTV has a lot of take downs coming up from what I heard but I'm not complete sure. What I do know is this FX take down is going to be bad for them. I'm so glad that I work for DISH and have them as my service. We just signed a long term contract with FOX and don't have to worry. You should switch to DISH now. I wouldn’t take the chance of losing Sons of Anarchy or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and plus my football games. I know you wouldn't want to either.

  9. I'm Staying on DirecTV's side. Fox wants more money. I hope the Occupy Protesters burn down News Corp.