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DirecTV Subscribers In Danger of Losing Fox’s Cable Networks

It isn’t the first and it won’t be the
last, but another carriage dispute has broken out, this time between
satellite provider DirecTV and Fox Networks. The stalled
negotiations could mean subscribers will be without any of Fox’s
cable stations come November 1st. The deadline is a
result of DirecTV holding out against a supposed license-fee increase
of 40% by Fox. Though the loss of FX will certainly have the biggest
impact if a deal is not reached, subscribers will also lose National
Geographic Channel, Fuel TV, Speed, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Soccer,
Fox Deportes, and the host of Fox regional sports networks.

The dispute is quite reminiscent of the
previous standoff between Fox and Dish Network, but this one is
hopefully going to end more quickly. Almost exactly one year ago,
Fox channels were pulled from the Dish Network lineup leaving
subscribers stuck without them until an agreement was finally
brokered.

As is usual with these disputes, both
sides blame the other for potentially leaving viewers without the
channels they’ve come to expect. DirecTV claims that they are
defending their customers against an unfair hike to their
subscription fee, while Fox announced that the satellite provider
refuses to negotiate and would rather make threats like the November
1st cutoff.  To hear Fox’s side you can visit
KeepMyNets, while DirecTV also has there own soapbox set up at
OurPromiseToYou.

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