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Direct TV to Drop News Corp Network

October 30, 2011

Come November 1 2011 Direct TV will drop Fox Cable Networks if Fox does not give Direct their way. Fox has offered to let Direct continue to carry the programming until the differences are settled, but Direct has said no.

The stations that will go black on November 1 2011 will be:

1. Geographic Channel

Speed

2. Fuel TV

3. Fox Soccer

4. Fox Movie Channel

5. Fox Deportes

6. 19 Fox regional sports networks

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FOX NETWORKS: Despite Fox Networks’ offer of an extension during our ongoing negotiations, DirecTV has informed us and their customers that unless we agree to their demands, they “will suspend our networks on November 1.”

To be fair News Corp is wanting a 40% increase and does not want to offer the programming separate, they will only provide it in a bundle package. However, one of the demands that Direct TV wants is what they wont give their subscribers and that is the right to pick channels they want. By doing this you could save money and get programming you want and not 10 Christian channels, and over 20 shopping channels.

DIRECTV CEO MIKE WHITE:

DirecTV’s agreement with News Corp./Fox for some of their national cable networks and regional Fox Sports networks has expired.

News Corp. has demanded that DirecTV customers pay nearly 40% more for the same channels they already receive. If a new deal is not reached, we will be forced to suspend the channels as early as Nov.1.

I for one will be forced to either go to through the air digital broadcasting or pick up a local cable company like HTC, if they drop these cannels or pass the cost of the 40% on the consumer.

We went through this VS sports channel two years ago and missed a hand full of Pittsburgh Penguin games. This time around we will miss two Steeler games and some shows that I like.

I am sorry but I come from an era that only had three major networks and if you were lucky you picked up PBS and a couple of UHF channels. Now if you want to get any reception you have to be be within thirty miles of the broadcast or by an expensive antenna. However, you can pay for it with cable, or satellite.

We got cable when I was a kid and our basic package was 12 channels for 5.00 a month and HBO was another 2.50. Of course we didn’t get HBO. My dad told me once, when we all take the antennas down they will charge us what ever they want to see what was once free. He was right.

I know to a lot of people it makes no difference what happens to TV. However, there are some older Americans that use it to take the place of their family, who never come to see them. Others it is Thier only contact will the outside world.
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. JerryPhillsen permalink
    November 8, 2011 1:18 pm

    That is exactly what I wanted to find. Thank you for the post. BTW, other posts are a bit less fascinating. Please don’t be offended, just try to keep quality at this level 🙂

    Jerry Phillsen
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  2. Snowbell permalink
    October 31, 2011 3:47 pm

    I am a fan of Fox News because without it the American people would only hear one side of the political coin. If Direct TV drops it, I would be so angry that I will probably drop Direct TV. All Americans need to hear both sides of the coin not just liberals and without Fox we would certainly would be unable to do that. I watch all channels and I am aware of the basis in the news busines in todays world and I really hate that. I would really prefer to hear the news, unbasised and let me decide for myself what I should think. I really resent journalist who use the business for their own personal interest. Snowbell

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  3. October 31, 2011 1:32 pm

    I know DIRECTV customers are on the edge of their seat waiting to see what’s going to happen with the negotiations since midnight is approaching. I can honestly say that I understand what they are going through because I’ve been through it before when I was a DISH Network customer and employee around this time last year. It was rough, but in the end, DISH and FOX were able to come to a long term agreement that ensured I wouldn’t lose my favorite FOX channels or pay an arm and a leg for them for years to come. November 1st is a few hours away and I’ve been encouraging people to switch over to DISH Network because not having your favorite channels isn’t something to ponder over.

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    • October 31, 2011 3:04 pm

      Pinky, As I stated in the blog and in some responses To receive the programming I want from Dish I would almost have to pay double what I am now and with Dish I won’t get Root Sports because Direct TV bought some of the Fox Sports regional stations and the Pittsburgh station is in that group and Dish won’t carry Direct TV.

      I have found a way to get the programming I want and get my phone & internet combined for around a hundred dollars cheaper. There is a local cable company HTC
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  4. October 31, 2011 12:24 pm

    Let me say, I am not a big fan of The Fox News Network. However, I am forced to watch some of the sports I enjoy on that network.

    The point is that since we were forced to go digital we are owned. It was pushed on the public as getting more free TV. The truth is if you don’t live 30 miles from the station you get bad or no reception. and if something like a hill, or building, is between you and the station then you need to buy expensive antena. It is as bad as when I was a kid before cable and we got three channels.

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  5. Brian Lewis permalink
    October 31, 2011 11:19 am

    Good riddance to FOX! I won’t be missing “American Horror Story” since my neighbor will be recording it for me.

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