DirecTV, News Corp. Reach Broad Carriage Deal

A new deal unveiled late Monday covers FX, National Geographic, 19 regional sports networks, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, but also local Fox stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

NEW YORK - Satellite TV giant DirecTV and News Corp. have struck a new broad-based carriage deal for a slew of the latter's cable networks, but also its broadcast stations, keeping channels from going dark in DirecTV households as of midnight PT.

The TV stations and networks covered by the carriage deal include FX, National Geographic, 19 regional sports networks, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, but also Fox Broadcasting and the Fox local stations and Fox News Channel along with Fox Business Network.

Financial terms and the length of the new agreement weren't disclosed. It was believed that only one side had early on pushed to bring together the two parties' carriage deals, including one for the Fox broadcast stations, which was set to expire at year's end, into one agreement.

DirecTV had threatened to stop carrying the News Corp. cable networks if an agreement was not reached by Nov. 1.
"We both know the past ten days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming," the companies said in a joint statement.
Last week, DirecTV took the carriage dispute to the FCC. In a Thursday letter to William Lake, the head of the FCC's Media Bureau, the company had said that Fox "is using misleading advertising informing DirecTV customers that "soon, in some markets, you may lose your local Fox station," even though our retransmission consent agreement does not expire for over two months.”  

Cablevision Systems in a big programming dispute with News Corp./Fox late last year also tried to bring the FCC into the showdown.


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