Update on Fox-Direct TV contract dispute

October 21, 2011

John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily/Journal has followed up a report on the Fox-Direct TV contract dispute. The two parties have now drawn lines in the sand which has Direct TV threatening to pull Fox channels on November 1.

Late Thursday night Fox released the following statement (obtained via John Ourand’s twitter)

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.”

DirecTV sent us a proposal on Tuesday afternoon. They have given us no chance to respond before taking an unnecessarily aggressive posture and going public. 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.

The following is Direct TV’s response (via Ourand’s twitter):

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.

They are currently asking our customers to pay 40% more for the exact same Fox channels that they already receive and that’s simply unfair and unwarranted. 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. We already provide News Corp nearly a billion dollars a year for their channels, and we have no problem continuing to compensate them fairly.

Note: Fox broadcast stations and Fox News are not affected at this time

Fox contract ends December 31, 2011 while Fox News contract ends January 31, 2012.

Payout Perspective:

Fortunately for the UFC, the Fox network will not be affected for its big “UFC on Fox” event November 12th. However, the dispute could affect its future programming on Fox networks. Why? Direct TV has 19 million subscribers and is the second biggest distributor in the US. A prolonged dispute between Fox-Direct TV could negate UFC momentum of promoting its brand on Fox networks. With UFC programming set for Fox cable networks like FX and Fuel, many of the casual viewers will not see the UFC with its new network partners.  In fact, the dispute could be beneficial to Spike TV which could go heavy into airing the UFC library during this time. As we’ve pointed out, this could lead to future viewer confusion once Fox-Direct TV come to terms. We will continue to monitor to see if Fox cable networks goes dark on November 1st.

94 Responses to “Update on Fox-Direct TV contract dispute”

  1. Gary on October 21st, 2011 10:28 AM

    Funny because Rupert Murdoch owns DirectTV, FOX, and News Corp….

  2. Martin on October 22nd, 2011 5:38 AM

    Don’t care about UCF but if I lose my soccer and F1 I’m gone. DirectTV also say I will have to pay an early termination fee but I feel they have broken their side of the contract. Any chance I can fight this?

  3. EK Poll on October 22nd, 2011 5:54 AM

    I believe News Corp. transferred controlling interest of Direct TV to Liberty Media back in 2006.

  4. james on October 22nd, 2011 2:13 PM

    Direct tv, grow up, dont mind paying a little more, get over yourselves, if you drop fx, I and many others will be changing to dish network

  5. Marianne Dodson on October 23rd, 2011 6:41 AM

    I don’t know much about D TV’s agreement with FOX but its all about the money!!! someone will, without a doubt be lining their pockets and taking the lining out of ours.

  6. Pam wells on October 23rd, 2011 7:58 AM

    Direct tv will loose my account if they loose fox and fx

  7. Vicki Kilfoyle on October 23rd, 2011 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Monday approved a long-pending deal allowing News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch to swap his controlling interest in satellite broadcaster DirecTV Group Inc. for a larger stake in his own company.

    News Corp.’s 38.4% stake in El Segundo-based DirecTV goes to former cable executive John Malone and his holding company Liberty Media Corp. Liberty also gets $550 million in cash and Fox’s regional cable sports networks in Seattle, Denver and Pittsburgh in exchange for its 16.3% equity stake in News Corp.

    I beleive this was from the New York times

    Could this be a more of a win, win situation for Liberty Media Corp?
    The only losers are the subscribers to these media giants.

  8. kim sherburne on October 23rd, 2011 11:51 AM

    If Direct TV and Fox do not reach an agreement on Fox programming with Direct TV.
    I will change my TV programing and go with another company. Even though my contract with Direct TV does not expire until 10/12. I will not continue with their services due to their breech of contract with me. Direct TV had better do something; I am positive I am not the only customer who feels this way. It would be a shame for Direct TV to have a mass exodus on or around Nov 30th. Listen to your customers, they have the right to have the programming they prescribed to.

  9. mike gilbert on October 23rd, 2011 12:03 PM

    i will terminate my agreement with directtv if there is ANY disruption to my service. i dont care what the net works want to charge thats dtv’s problem.they make millions of dollars a year off us. why should i care if their profifits dip slightly? get your act together dtv!

  10. Walter S Marvin on October 23rd, 2011 5:36 PM

    I think is Fox is demanding a 40% increase in this economy, that is ridiculous. I enjoy Fox network, but I will probably not continue my direct tv if Fox is dropped

  11. Larry R Dixon on October 24th, 2011 2:28 AM

    I subscribed for fox also and I will have to drop my contract with direct tv as well if they no longer have fox net work.

  12. justelan on October 24th, 2011 3:52 AM

    I am with Direct TV on this one. Take Fox Off. Why support a cheat. lots of programing waiting to take their place. America will be better for it.

  13. jv on October 24th, 2011 10:37 AM

    this has me worried.. no speed channel?!!.. no nascar!!! yikes. no soccer!! no way ill convince my sis to drop it and get something else.!!!

  14. Roger moore on October 24th, 2011 12:17 PM

    I have been a faithful user of direct tv..I wrote direct tv & they say they will not carry some Fox programs such as Speed… well that the reason I got direct tv and I told them good bye, I meant it…. why loose all the good customers over such a small issue They will be the ones to loose $$$$$$$ in the end…Direct TV don’t do it….

  15. Nanc Johnson on October 24th, 2011 4:52 PM

    You know I do not feel sorry for Direct TV at all or FOX they both suck.
    When Dish was in the same situation Last year with Fox all Direct TV could do is tell everyone why they should Switch to Direct TV from Dish.

    Thanks but NO Thank so now the shoe is on the other foot. While I feel sorry for them Both holding the consumer hostage I do not feel sorry for either of there collosal BUTT Head big corporation that want to suck more of their subscriber hard earn dollar and probably pay NO TAXES.

  16. Kurtis Williams on October 24th, 2011 5:54 PM

    Dear Corp fat cats, I have been a customer to both companies for many years I pay a small car payment a month to watch ‘TV” and keep piece in my house. If you both feel the need to raise my rates or cut my programming as a breach of contract, I feel that a class action lawsuit would do you both some good. Wake up how well did this work for Netflix. Corp Geed this is the problem that is killing this country.

  17. David Sad on October 24th, 2011 8:23 PM

    Directv If you shut off Fox I will shut off you.

  18. Matt Gennaro on October 25th, 2011 8:46 AM

    I dont think I should have to pay to get out of my Direct Tv contract because they didnt live up to their agreement so why should I have to. This is stupid really stupid that we as customers should have to put up with this crap. I am calling Cox today and changing my service. Plus every time it rains I lose my service with Direct Tv and now this!!!!!

  19. Tiffany Jacobs on October 25th, 2011 11:16 AM

    I do not think that it is very fair. We signed contracts with D TV with the understanding that our channel line up included Fox/FX. I as well have discussed this issue with D TV whom also told me that I would have to pay an early termination fee. If they do not stick to their end of the bargin, why should we have to stick to ours? If D TV only signs onto channels for 1 year then why do they make us sign a 2 year contract. Our contracts should corrospond to their channel line up contracts. I will drop D TV if they drop FX and I will fight to get out from under the early termination fee…

  20. Brandon Cisler on October 25th, 2011 3:20 PM

    Direct TV will lose over 1 million dollars of profit just from dropping fox channels. Sons of Anarchy fans will switch to other competitors just for that show. same thing happened with Comcast when they got rid of channels showing The Packers Football games. they lost over 100 million dollars of profit from their Wisconsin customers. Sons of Anarchy fans are nation wide and will more than likely switch to another competitor.

  21. Jocelyn on October 25th, 2011 6:30 PM

    I will cancel my contract if I miss one night of sons!!!!!

  22. Wes Barnard on October 25th, 2011 8:07 PM

    I am thinking if it goes this way then I will find something else to do and not have any satellite service at all…It will not stop if it is allowed and the only way to stop it is to not give in…Go ahead and go to another service…It will only come back to bite you the next time that service has to renegotiate a contract…Supporting Extortion is why this country is in the shambles it is in…Time for little house on the prairie again folks…If you go to another provider you will only be supporting the same service that is extorting money from Direct TV…They did the same thing to Dish last year and others before and Direct TV will not be the last…GOOD LUCK to all!!!

  23. Richard on October 25th, 2011 8:15 PM

    i swear if i lose the Sons of Anarchy because of these money hungry commies im defintiely out. ill be glad to pay the temrination fees to break contract.

  24. Dan Hansen on October 25th, 2011 8:39 PM

    I enjoy Sons of Anarchy. But if DirecTV cancels FX I can always go to a website and watch the latest streaming episodes. Is it a nuisance? Yes. But is it a plausible alternative? Yes. Let the networks fix thier issues and we will watch whatever we want to anyway! Peace!

  25. LEO SAUCIER on October 25th, 2011 10:14 PM

    IF FX IS TAKEN OUT OF THE EQUASION,I WILL PUSUE ANOTHER PROVIDER.

  26. Ana on October 26th, 2011 7:25 AM

    Dan H. couldn’t agree more! I’m not loosing my long time customer status over this. It sucks yeah but God bless online tv! I feel like I pay a fortune as it is so I’m all about directv kicking behind on this! Good luck to both and play fair!

  27. Heather on October 26th, 2011 1:06 PM

    I WILL NOT cancel over this…we can sit here and say this is Direct TV’s problem…but FOX did this to DISH Network last year. Why switch? They will do it again…why get mad at Direct TV for trying to keep a fair price not only for them but for their customers…why would cancelling programs be worse then them all of a sudden expecting you to pay more for it? If you weren’t upset about them cancelling you’d be upset about the upped charges…try to look at it in perspective…I love FX…I do not want to lose American Horror Story, but I also don’t want to bend to other people’s greed in this economy especially…I’m lucky to afford what I have, and I have no desire to pay more to support people whose wallets are already full.

  28. chuck cichella on October 26th, 2011 5:51 PM

    i bought the NHL center ice package from direct tv paid for the whole season in full now with going on many of the games are delivered by fox sports stations, so they will not be shown, and the best part is direct tv will not credit the nhl package, no refunds. What a sucker I am. how about the sons of an and American horror story
    direct pay them what they want .

  29. Joan on October 26th, 2011 6:47 PM

    Everyone seems to be blaming Direct TV, but why is Fox asking for a 40% increase (or any increase during these economic times). I love Fox, but I’m with Direct on this one.

  30. Nicholas Grosso on October 26th, 2011 7:31 PM

    I have to say that I will have to cancell my direct tv account as well, FX and fox are two of the most watched channels for me and also i have nfl sunday ticket that isnt cheap, and there are many games on Fox, as well as just the point that when i signed up for a contract i chose my package for the channels I want.. For basic channels might as well go with DISH because they are cheaper anyway. I was a DISH customer for 6 years and switched to DIRECT, and looks like that ended up being a bad decision.

  31. jamie street on October 26th, 2011 8:25 PM

    What? I just switched to direct tv over comcast and they are pulling this mess. I want my comcast back then and I should not have to pay early termination fee. Both are a bunch of greedy B’s.

  32. Jim on October 26th, 2011 8:26 PM

    If I lose my sports viewing. I will also cancel Directtv. It’s already bad enough you can’t take care of your current customer’s. Just for me to update my DVR to HDDVR and still get it at no extra charge from my original agreement., I have to change carriers. So contiunue with this nonsense, it’s just like turning my power button off to DirectTv. Please reconsider your decision before you lose several customer’s to some other warm hearted service provider that will treat it customer’s right and not raise price’s.

  33. Keith Feltman on October 26th, 2011 9:28 PM

    Here we go again i had dish network switch to directv.One durring the st.louis blues hockey season in 2010 i was blackout of 35games that use to be on our local station KPLR Foxsports Midwest move those games to their station and wanted and extra fee to carried those games and dish network said no than in september of 2010 dish drop foxsports etc because the people at fox network wanted more money an also dish said i could lose my local fox station on oct1,2010 i had already lost haft of the hockey season that year and all the talked about losing blues hockey 2010-2011season&cardinals baseball in 2011 i got tire of all of this and switch to directv in in the middle of september 2010.Now i got to through this again this is a bunch of nosense the airways should be free fox programing & and other their programs are paid by advertisement when this started years ago congress should have said you can’t charged for programing if your channels are already paid for but if you don’t wan’t paid advertisement than you can charged liked HBO,SHOWTIME etc they are getting paid twice advertisement an us,I seen an ad tonight about i could lose the blues hockey season 2011-2012 & cardinals baseball in 2012 if that happens i am through with sports they can keep it if a lot of people feel liked i do nobody will watch an they will go out of buissness.

  34. Kim on October 27th, 2011 2:51 AM

    I wil fight to the bitter end to stop my contract. That is why they call it a contract, it is to protect both parties. I think I am also tired of satelitle, Cable TV here I come!! Wish it was the good old days when TV was FREE!!!!!!!, my kids laugh at me because they have never heard of free tv or rabbit ears with alumunim foil of the ends. I sure do miss those days. LOL

  35. Dan on October 27th, 2011 6:54 AM

    I just got off the phone with Direct-TV and told them I want to cancel my subscription. I am under a 2 year contract as some of you are. They simply said that I WILL have to pay the cancellation fee. When I said they broke the contract by taking channels away, they just said “The contract states that we can change channels at any time or change programming.” We can’t do a thing about the “contract”. I also had a problem from the beginning regarding HD local channels. I asked specifically about local HD and was told that I have it available to me. WRONG! They are having another running contract dispute with the local channels in my area. At least 50% of my viewing is on local channels and all they would do for me is give me free HD. After 2 weeks withe them, they started advertising “FREE” HD for everyone. All they did for me was take off the $10 monthly charge for HD with a monthly discount refunded back to my account. So I actually pay for it and then get the money as a discount…BUT STILL NO LOCAL HD. This has been a wake-up call. I WILL cancel this Direct-TV when my contract is up…..regardless if they keep the Fox channels. This also brought up a query, is Direct-TV a liberal organization???…Just asking…..

  36. Theresa on October 27th, 2011 2:49 PM

    I will cancel direct tv and go back to Comcast , why is it fair to loose channels, when we had them when we set up direct tv!!

  37. Rudy on October 27th, 2011 7:12 PM

    I’ve been a loyal Direc TV customer for 10+ years. I also pay a small fortune for their services. I have an HD contract now that if I leave I’ll probably have to pay but if I miss one episode of “Sons” this last season, I’m going to be pissed! Yes I can buy the DVD or pay to watch it on my computer but that’s not the point. I pay for those channels and should get them. I will never see 1 billion in my life time. Wouldn’t it be nice. Just one more way the big companies are sticking it to us. The 99ers make these people rich but do they care about us. No, they just want more money. Dish is starting to look pretty good!

  38. JIm on October 27th, 2011 9:17 PM

    Don’t need any increase in my Direct bill, and don’t need FOX. I would consider it a plus if I never hear the words, “Fair and unbiased,” or never see Sean Hannity, again!

  39. Karla on October 28th, 2011 2:18 AM

    I don’t care if they cancel Fox. I think that Fox is getting greedy. I don’t want to pay extra for a channel that I don’t watch everyday. I think Fox will lose alot of viewers if they don’t get realistic with their prices. Other shows and sports will start to move to other channels because they will lose money and they will prefer a channel/network with a wider audience.
    There are different ways to catch your games. I personally like to listen to my Dodgers on the radio while I cook or in the car or go to a sports bar. As for SOA and AHS I can wait for the season to come out on DVD. It’s just T.V. I’ll watch TBS and TNT instead. There are like 300 Other channels.

  40. Gerame on October 28th, 2011 6:37 AM

    Comes down to this for me…the Fox channels Direct TV is going to drop here in a couple days makes up over 50% of the TV programing I watch. I pay Direct TV $170.00 a month for their service so next month, if I lose 50% of the programing I watch, Direct TV will get 50% of the bill. Man up Directly up my *ss TV and pay the 40% since the Fox based channels make YOU a sh*t ton of money. If you don’t I will box your sh*t up and ship it back to you C.O.D.

  41. Darlene on October 28th, 2011 12:48 PM

    It’s disputes like these that will continue to push more and more customers to internet TV and away from cable and satellite subscriptions. The costs are already prohibitive for many; neither company (Fox and DirectTV) should be putting their customers in this situation. In consumer business, customers don’t really care about or want to be involved in your vendor disputes; they just want YOU to deliver the service promised and if you can’t, you should compensate your customer. Ultimately, it shouldn’t be the customer that bears the impact (either less service or higher prices) because neither company (DirectTV or FOX) can compromise. Both should read up on Nexflick’s recent blunder to predict how their customer base might evaporate if these types of changes are pushed on us.

  42. anson holley on October 28th, 2011 3:47 PM

    If you drop fox I will drop you

  43. Carol Hunt on October 28th, 2011 5:15 PM

    If Direct TV drops Fox I will drop Direct TV. I watch the local Fox news, the Fox sports and especially Fox News, I will be gone the day this happens.

  44. CAROL on October 28th, 2011 5:36 PM

    We have DTV only because of Fox Soccer. An attorney advised me that if DTV breaks it’s contract, then we are definitely not liable for paying ANY early termination fee. Hey DTV, if your CEO and legal staff have any kind of business expertise, they know what their decision has to be……..or get prepared for a class action.

  45. Elizabeth Hardy on October 28th, 2011 8:44 PM

    Fox had this same dispute with Dish last year. Now I am a year into a two year contract with Direct. Last year SOA, Nat Geo, went dark on Dish- there is no safe place from corporate coruption. You don’t care about the people who make it possible for you to exist. Really for me it boils down to a 40% increase for three shows; two of which are in the middle of the season. Once the network goes dark everyone loses due to egos, greed, & control.

  46. Erica on October 28th, 2011 8:53 PM

    I’m faced with a dilema. I absolutely do not like Direct TV. I think the service is terrible, I think the customer service is even worse. I’ve never dealt with such terrible people when it comes to issues. HOWEVER, I dislike everything about FOX as well. FOX news does nothing but instill fear among its viewers. NatGeo is a great channel, but I think I can do without it until either they sort this our or I cancel my DirectTV…which I do plan on doing, but now I will wait just so those greedy bastards won’t think they’ve won a battle. I’m not sure which other channels I will lose, but I’m sure I can live without them for a while. But, will direcrt tv lower their prices if they don’t offer the same number of channels? They should if they are into what is and isn’t fair.

  47. Michael Logan on October 29th, 2011 1:45 AM

    This is really getting old. My question is. What if 4 or 5 contracts between Direct TV and different networks that provided bundled channels were up at the same time, and we were going to loose 80 or 90 channels or about half the decent programming that they provide, could they hold us to the contract if we were loosing half of our programming? Those HD/DVR receivers aren’t worth a thing to me or anyone else if the programming thats coming out of it is the Home Shopping Network or some stupid music channel. i will be contacting my congressman and senator regarding this to help me find a way out of my contract. i think if they were dropping a channel we would have a problem getting out of it, but a whole group of channels at least we should be able to get a reduced rate for the loosing of a complete group. i can understand Direct TV and what they are trying to do, but we also should have the same right to choose what we want. If they allowed us to choose individual channels to purchase instead of by the group. i bet they could save a lot of money by dumping about half the channels nobody watches. How many people watch the twenty or thirty info-mertial channels. Give it to the customers to decide and show them the prices per individual channel. If they want it they will pay for it if not somebody will loose and i bet it will be the networks.

  48. Deb on October 29th, 2011 4:49 AM

    Last night I sat down to figure out what we really watch on our DirecTV. What a shock! We watch a couple shows on cable channels one of which is Sons of Anarchy on FX and the rest are on the networks that I can get for free. This morning I ordered a strong outdoor antenna and have decided I can watch my cable shows on the net. I’ll save almost a hundred bucks a month and not have to go through this crap every couple of years with DirecTV. No more being held hostage by greedy corporate American cable/satellite companies. WOO HOO!

  49. Misha on October 29th, 2011 5:52 AM

    I think that both companies are greedy and looking to soak us for a little bit more. HOW MUCH PROFIT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE? BTW Rupert Murdock owns both Direct tv and Fox. HMMMMMM……doesn’t that make you think? When we sign the contract it states that they can change programming….but I would love to be able to write in my terms on the contract. I MEAN…..a contract is a guarantee I pay you give me what you agreed to give me. BUT they get to stick in the * and state that they have the right to do ….(whatever). WE the consumers should be able to add stipulations as well…..COME ON FOX AND DIRECT TV…….stop being greedy and do your jobs. IT IS All ABOUT MONEY.AND GUESS WHAT BIG COMPANIES? WE DON’T HAVE ANYMORE.MONEY.

  50. Harold & Brenda Hutto on October 29th, 2011 6:24 AM

    You will lose us as customers if you take
    Fox off. We want it at the same pirce we are
    paying.

  51. David on October 29th, 2011 7:04 AM

    Direct TV’s CEO made $33,000.000.00

    Direct TV, cry me a river over Fox’s demands…

    “NEW YORK – DirecTV chairman, president and CEO Michael White’s total 2010 compensation amounted to $32.9 million, the satellite TV firm disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday.

    A big boost for the pay package though was an “up front” multi-year stock and stock options incentive grant valued at approximately $9.1 million per year over a three year period, the company said. “No additional stock-based grants are anticipated for Mr. White in 2011 and 2012,” the filing said.

    Last year was White’s first at DirecTV.

    The filing listed his base salary at $1.45 million. White also received a performance-based bonus of $4 million. The filing also mentioned the up-front stock awards valued at $14.7 million and option awards worth $12.5 million overall as part of his compensation, plus “other” compensation.”

    Perhaps Direct TV should take another look at where their money is actually going. Compensate the customers…cut the CEO pay by 90% – 95%

  52. l pickard on October 29th, 2011 9:07 AM

    Wake up and take a careful, blinders off look at Netflix – got a little (meaning a lot) greedy and now they are going down the tubes real fast. Yes, we have a contract with direct tv, however as the saying goes “you can’t get blood out of a stone”. All of us are quickly turning to stone. Quite frankly if I never watched Fox news again, with all the bickering and overtalk argueing on their talk shows, that would be just OK. I will protest over the loss of all the other programming that I went to Directtv for in the first place.
    Corporate greed will make millions of viewers get off the couch and go back to playing sports instead of watching sports….maybe learn to read again…..maybe go to the movies more……maybe pay attention to their kids again……or just come out of the stupor of watching endless hours of tv.

  53. GGReat on October 29th, 2011 10:06 AM

    Could not watch game 7 of the World Series last night due to the ongoing contract dispute.

    What is going on here? Is Direct TV holding out for more reasonable prices because Fox is being greedy? Sounds to me like 40% is too high, so Fox needs to stop all this sillyness and come down in price. 40% increase in this economy is being greedy.

    I’m with Direct TV on this one and will sacrifice being able to watch certain Fox programs on the principle of fairness. All those willing to switch are selling out to Fox’s greed, and in the process promoting the same type of greed we are seeing all over the country.

    These big corporations know they can take advantage of us because too many people are unwilling to sacrifice and stick to principles, even for a short period.

    Take a stand and say no to corporate greed by your willingness to sacrifice short term in the interest of the long term.

  54. Keith on October 29th, 2011 1:14 PM

    FOX is at fault here. Is Fox going to provide 40% better programming? Don’t blame DirecTV for trying to hold the line against unreasonable increases from Fox. I’ll support DirecTv even though I would lose Pac12 football and Angels baseball. I also like Fox News .. fair and balanced. But the 40% increase in fee is absurd!

  55. Darlene Adams on October 29th, 2011 4:17 PM

    After seeing the message on the screen while watching a favorite show; I followed the web link to read their msg. Then I jumped over to my DirectTV account to read more. News Corp last year did the same BS with Dish Network and some other cable providers. Here is how I see it: I agree with DirectTV with not increasing the cost. Our economy crisis is killing the average people. Big corporations sit nice and cozy, while as we are struggling. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that contracts have come with some cost and stipulations. However what is the gain for News Corp? I watch 1 channel that is being interfered with (FX), I do enjoy the shows; however I will not pay additional 40% for 1 channel and a small handful of shows. Take your contact and put into a shredder. I will stay with DirectTV; where I have been a customer for 10 years and holding. Thank you for your time. Mrs. Adams

  56. A Pratt on October 30th, 2011 6:10 AM

    fox wants to charge more for rograming meaning That direct TV must charge more for programming. Fox has done this with the cable companies as well. I think it is time for Americans to stand up to FOX and say NO MORE. When fox and cable had this same argument My cable rates jumped and I switched to Direct TV now the same thing is happening. I Say americans turn of the TV and live life let both the networks and carries know that we will not be pawns in thier game.

  57. Chuck on October 30th, 2011 6:42 AM

    If Direct TV and Fox cannot settle their dispute then many of us will be forced to sign with their competitor Dish network. I live in the country and don’t have access to cable. Hard to say if they are just using us as pawns in their big corporate battles, but between Direct TV threatening to drop NBC and the Fox family in the Seattle area I’m getting tired of all this crap. I will loose about half of the channels I normally watch and I know they will not cut my bill in half

  58. jerry on October 30th, 2011 10:22 AM

    Direct tv are a bunch of underhanded scum!when I subscribed I was promised a free dvd.its even stated in black and white in theire promo online.I did not receive one. When I called dtv I was told that I did not request one. I asked them to review the tape of my phone call,which I know are recorded,and they refused. Now that are threatening to take my favorite shows.that’s a breach of contract and I certainly will cancel. As far as the early termination fee,good luck collecting that!I have cancelled out the card the account was billed to. Up yours dtv!!

  59. moleski on October 30th, 2011 2:53 PM

    we will go to another provider if Fox is taken off the air….

  60. ron on October 30th, 2011 4:37 PM

    I will cancel Direct TV and will not watch anything Fox or part of that group…….tired of giving my money out to the greedy rich…………….no way !!!!!!

  61. Presho on October 30th, 2011 6:36 PM

    I’m only 17, a senior in high school. But from the time i’ve watched tv, it’s been direct tv. Nothing has changed that. Why don’t people just pick one program, bite the bullet, and stop bringing this nonsense into something as simple as watching tv. I think this whole argument is extremely immature. Instead of bitching about how direct tv is screwing you over, stop complaining on a blog, go terminate your service, and get on with your life.

  62. Tim lage on October 30th, 2011 9:28 PM

    I live in a rural area satalite tv is our only option if direct tv takes our sports away my wife and i agreed that we would move back into town and go back to comcast.

  63. Tim lage on October 30th, 2011 9:37 PM

    The costomers pay for the channels they agree’d to when signing the contract direct tv would forfit the contract by taking our channels away that we pay for i would be willing to get together with the people amd start a facebook page and put together a lawsuit to get out of our early termination contract fees my e mail is basscase420@yahoo.com we have a voice lets put an end to this big corp. greed .

  64. William Ashford on October 30th, 2011 10:30 PM

    Direct TV
    I have been with you from 1993 to today, Fox is one of the reasons I stay with you. If my service is turned off I will be turning you off and going someware else. You get my check every month without any problems so I want you to deliver my service without any interruption, Do you hear me!!!!!!

  65. J J Paul on October 31st, 2011 6:56 AM

    I have Fox Soccer at both home and office, and Fox Soccer Plus at my home. I currently pay DirectTV $14.95/month for Fox Soccer Plus at my home. Interestingly, when I learned these may be cut 11/1 I looked at my local cable option and found Fox Soccer Plus bundled with other programming for $6.95/month (not a sign-up special). So, who is gouging me pricewise — the program provider or DirectTV? It seems to be DirectTV!

  66. DAve on October 31st, 2011 8:47 AM

    I recently signed up for Direct TV. I made sure all of the channels that i watched were available before doing so. If Direct is going to drop a channel,then current contracts should be grandfathered in until the contract expires. This is the new thing in this country.Just like our government. They wait until the last minute before negotiations and then proclaim it a crisis. Its a way of both companys getting you to bend over and take it. Obviously contracts as large as these are not renegotiated a week before they are due to expire. Unfortunetly we are now sheep in this country. Now i have to gho watch my gas needle go down to empty. When my car stops i will proclaim it an unforseen crises.

  67. soccer fan on October 31st, 2011 9:51 AM

    i am not surprised tyipical corporate america so greedy. and i have had nothing but problems with the speed of my dvr recever you no those big ugly ones they send you. local cable companys will pay off your contract call them.

  68. Gene on October 31st, 2011 10:25 AM

    DTV keeps talking about 40%increase. My question is what are they paying for fox programs relative to the other three networks. Is it comparable or are they offering FOX 40%less than they are paying ABC, NBC and CBS.

  69. sergio gomez on October 31st, 2011 3:24 PM

    I AGREE I WATCH MANY MANY OF THE SHOWS ON FOX SO I WILL, AS I BELIEVE OTHERS WILL TOO,DROP DIRECT AND SWITCH TO DISH NETWORK THE SAME DAY THEY DROP FOX IF THEWY HAVE 19 MILLION SUSCRIBERS IM ESTIMATING 40-50% DIRECT TV CUSTOMERS WILL SWITCH OVER AND THAT TO ME SOUNDS LIKE A MAJOR LOSS.

  70. Jose Mendoza on November 1st, 2011 12:18 PM

    UPDATE ON STORY HERE:
    http://mmapayout.com/2011/11/no-blackout-direct-tv-fox-settle-its-dispute/

    Both parties agree on a deal!!!

  71. joseph kent on November 10th, 2011 6:56 PM

    According to the most reliable internet sites, Michael White, DirecTV CEO, makes ~ $56 million / year; BEFORE his real money kicks in: i.e., stock options, percentages of profits, vehicles, home, etc.
    What a clown. He’s coming to us: the two spouses-working, poverty- stricken, “trying to keep our homes” customers, for understanding about his plight with Fox: a fight between these two greedy, $$ hoarding megamorons.
    DIRECTV is a corporate thug nest.
    Poor Michael. How sad for you.
    ONLY $56 MILLION?
    How desperate you must be, pleading with us, your ripped off customers for understanding. Maybe we can catch your sad tale at the Salvation Army foodbank this weekend.
    What an arrogantly stupid man!
    For $56 million per year salary, you would think he would get a more believable TOUPEE, for starters, rather than the pathetic, K -Mart wig he wears on his head,
    before he gets in front of the camera. He needs to get a real, genuinely human stand-in spokesman, for starters.
    He has a face for radio.
    DIRECT Radio.
    Now there’s an idea for him.
    Greedy morons.
    Go to hell.

  72. russ on January 17th, 2012 6:27 PM

    Everyone should drop direct tv…they broke our contracts by not providing fox….this is fraud…..I am sure the courts would find in our favor…..and if they try to make you pay cancellations charges take them to court….

  73. cc on January 25th, 2012 1:43 PM

    Why doesnt everyone just do what I did , go to Cosco buy an ANTENNA and watch FOX when you want

  74. Kathie Morton on March 28th, 2012 1:30 PM

    You are braking our contract by not connecting to fox, you cancel them we cancel you, we should have all lower channels. John & Kathie Morton

  75. Beth Fox on March 29th, 2012 9:11 AM

    DirectTV
    Do not take Fox Network channels away. It’s a local station in the Sacramento area & we value it. Don’t lose your customers, because keep it up & we’re not the only ones leaving.

  76. Daniel Cole on March 30th, 2012 12:05 AM

    Hi my name is Daniel Cole and I am a well respected Direct TV customer and I would rather you not get rid of FOX because I watch that channel every day and alot of people do and I would not wanna have to go elsewhere for tv I would rather keep Direct tv so please do not get rid of FOX 40 I love channel I mean its our local news channel so please get this resolved and fast

  77. craig on March 30th, 2012 2:20 PM

    Direct TV is used by a hugh number of households. Without FOX we will have to get our tv news from ONLY liberal sources. Could this be a manufactured dispute for the purpose of controlling what news the American people are exposed to, at this time just before election? The very hour that FOX goes off I purchase stock in dish and switch.

  78. rickey on March 31st, 2012 8:29 AM

    drop Fox and i will drop directtv

  79. miriam on March 31st, 2012 6:16 PM

    we need fox because we have the news closing from school and other source about news

  80. Clayton on April 1st, 2012 1:15 AM

    1am on Nov 1st, Direct TV, sends a message that the owner of the Fox channel requested to have the Fox channels removed from Direct TV lineup. Comcast (cable) has Fox. I think it is time to make a change.

  81. Dennis Rose on April 2nd, 2012 9:00 AM

    Iam a nascar fan. and a direct subsriber. I have alredy talked to direct and they seem to be sorry.I just cant beleave nascar can just sit back blindley and watch there fans be exploited by fox or enny outher network.

  82. brad on April 3rd, 2012 4:57 PM

    I will be leaving direct if fox is no longer part of the package; going to start looking next week. I have been with direct for a very long time!

  83. Lee & Ursala on April 6th, 2012 12:52 PM

    We been with direct tv long time over 13 years. We pay for NFL channel u take the. Fox channels we take our cable business elsewhere. We rely on Fox for news and football. This is a loser decision Direct. Tv u r getting 2 comfortable but do not mess with our cable channels or u may be in an economic crisis like the other companies Wake up and give your customers what they demand or others will provide us

  84. Allan Innes on April 26th, 2012 2:17 PM

    I had considered moving from Dish to DirectV…
    Forget it…
    No Fox News..? No deal..!!!

    Fox News is the only real voice in the face of a completely liberal-controlled media.

  85. Danielle on July 11th, 2012 4:33 PM

    We lost nik, mtv, vh1 etc today! Anyone know how to end th contact without fees?

  86. Jeff on July 16th, 2012 8:15 AM

    Direct T V is a company that has a problem. I have a contract that has a price lock. I paid for the channels and if cost more for them to get them than that is the cost of doing business. Don’t expect me to pay more for a channel. I had this same problem with time warner the whole cable tv industery is a sham of bate and switch.

  87. gail on July 17th, 2012 3:16 PM

    I fully intend to ask for a credit on my bill! My contract includes these channeis and if i’m not getting them, then dtv is in breach of contract. Therefore, should i decide to terminate, i won’t be paying any termination fees. I will also notify the fcc of this fraudelent practice!

  88. mike on July 20th, 2012 6:26 AM

    I agree with Gail 100 % that’s what I was saying at work the other day. And my attorney also told me it is breach of contract on their part

  89. george on August 17th, 2012 1:57 PM

    This is a bunch of crap, it seems like this a normal practice for Direct TV so it can inpact the NFL season this is two years in a row for, it will be the last. I will be a former customer.

  90. susan owens on August 29th, 2012 7:55 AM

    directv better get their stuff together ,we pay a lot for our service from them and i will be one very unhappy customer if i miss my programs due to this nonsense and will look for another satellite or cable service.

  91. Carole on August 30th, 2012 11:53 AM

    Wow, here we go again. CEO’s wanting a bigger bonus payout at the expense of the Direct TV, DIsh TV, X-Finity etc. After all we all know who winds up paying for the increases, The Customers of these providers. We are NOT getting raises, and I know FOX 13 is not passing this windfall on to their employees so again the customers are paying for some rich CEO to get a bigger bonus, while my bill will go up to cover their bonus. I am so tired of these CEO’s etc. making over a million or more a year, get real do you know what we have to live on? We live on $20K to, if we are lucky, $40k a year so don’t be surprised if I am not crying, FOX 13 and the FOX Stations, a river and applaude DIrect TV for looking out for us.

  92. lori allard on February 28th, 2013 10:28 AM

    I just switched to direct tv went through the same thing with dish I am not playing these games any more I guess I will go back to cable this is getting ridiculous

  93. ken on April 6th, 2013 9:24 AM

    well direct has already removed 17 of my channels and now can’t get fox sports.they have already broke the contract so when i cut then off i won’t owe them nothing.big company’s think they can screw you when they want to.i have no problem doing without them and everyone should just dump them.then what would they do?

  94. IVY on October 21st, 2013 10:35 AM

    I’m so sick of them taking crap away, we pay over 200 per month I want every freaking channel. My husband is getting that stupid NFL package, but because the game is on a regular channel he can’t watch it. I’m so over this. Sit down and come up with a compromise. I wish we could just shut down their payments when we didn’t like something. UUGGGHHHHH

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