Fox Networks' Cable Channels May Go Dark on DirecTV
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Bad news for Sons of Anarchy fans: FX and the rest of Fox Networks' cable channels might be going dark for DirecTV subscribers, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Fox said DirecTV sent the company a proposal on Thursday that said unless Fox agrees to their terms, DirecTV's 19 million subscribers will lose access to more than two dozen Fox cable channels including FX, National Geographic, and several regional sports networks beginning Nov. 1.
Fox goes dark for Cablevision customers
"They have given us no chance to respond before taking an unnecessarily aggressive posture and going public, a Fox spokesperson said. " It is disappointing that they have chosen bad faith tactics over meaningful negotiation. We have proposed to keep the 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 that unless they get their way, they are going to pull the plug on their customers November 1."
But according to DirecTV News Corp., which owns Fox Networks, is seeking a 40 percent increase in subscriber fees. "That's simply unfair and unwarranted," DirecTV CEO Mike White said. "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."
Fox said subscribers can get the latest on the negotiations at keepmynets.com.