'American Horror Story' Co-Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk Join Fox Networks' Fight Against DirecTV
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, co-creators of FX's new series American Horror Story, have joined Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter in the Fox Networks dispute with DirecTV.
The duo, who also co-created Fox's Glee, filmed a promo for KeepMyNets.com encouraging DirecTV customers to protest DirecTV's threat to drop the Fox Networks channels if the two parties don't come to an agreement in their ongoing carriage dispute.
"On Nov. 1, DirecTV will stop carrying FX, and that means no more American Horror Story or next week's 'Halloween Part 2,' " Murphy says in the promo, which was posted on the Keep My Nets Facebook page. "There is something you can do to let DirecTV know you won't stand for this."
He asks viewers to visit the website or call (866) Keep-My-Nets to find out more.
"Do it now before they turn off FX and you miss nine all-new episodes of American Horror Story," Falchuk adds. "Thank you for your support."
Their video comes on the heels of a similar one posted Tuesday that features Sutter delivering the same message.
A day before his promo came out, however, the outspoken Sutter complained on his blog that he "had to follow an FX legal script that felt like complete bullshit. I'm sure it will serve its purpose, but I feel compelled to let SOA fans know what I WANTED to say."
Part of the script that Sutter claims he wasn't allowed to use, states, "Starting Nov. 1, DirecTV is pulling FX from your box. That means you'll miss the last five episodes of Sons this season. Perhaps five of the most critical episodes of the series. I know Fox has a horse in this race, but they're trying to negotiate in good faith. DirecTV is shutting down all conversation and using their customers as leverage. In the process, you're getting f---ed over. They're running ads with their corporate shill telling you how much 'they care about your business'; that dude's got one sincere hand on his heart while the other greases your unsuspecting backside. Because they're about to flip you over and f--- you up the ass till you bleed. ... Let 'em know they can't f--- with your Sons of Anarchy."
Fox's carriage agreement with DirecTV expired Sept. 30. Late last week, DirecTV told Fox Networks that it will drop the channels if the companies aren't able to come to an agreement.
Later that day, Fox said that it had offered an extension but that DirecTV "informed us and their customers that unless we agree to their demands, they 'will suspend our networks on Nov. 1.' "
"They have given us no chance to respond before taking an unnecessarily aggressive posture and going public," Fox Networks said in a statement. "It is disappointing that they have chosen bad faith tactics over meaningful negotiation.
According to DirecTV, Fox Networks is seeking a 40 percent increase in its carriage fees.
"After months of making little progress in our talks with News Corp and Fox to renew our agreement to carry their regional sports networks and other national channels we’ve regrettably reached a point where we will be forced to suspend the channels as soon as Nov. 1 unless News Corp is willing to move toward a more reasonable price increase," the company said last week.
Fox Networks includes FX, National Geographic Channel, 19 regional sports networks, Fox Movie Channel, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. Fox broadcast stations and Fox News Channel are not involved in the negotiations.
Fox's dispute with DirecTV marks the latest in a series of carriage disagreements for the company. Fox and its parent, News Corp., were engaged in a dispute with Cablevision a year ago, and the Fox channels were blacked out on Dish Network in October 2010 amid a dispute with the satellite TV giant.