Fox Sports 1 without carriage deals for DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner
July 16, 2013
The Sports Business Journal reports that Fox Sports 1 is still without carriage deals with DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. FS1 is looking to charge distributors 80 cents per subscriber per month with increases up to $1.50 per subscriber per month.
While the negotiations are being described as “amicable” and the fact deals have yet to be complete, there still is time left for the companies to agree for FS1 to launch with all three distributors on August 17th. However, the new price rate with subsequent increases may give pause to be concerned. Moreover, with cord cutters and subscriber complaints about the increases in cable/satellite fees rising (as distributors pass along the increase in subscriber rates), there is a swell of talk that distributors may ditch sports networks.
The three distributors represent 46 million subscribers and could put a dent into the 90 million households FS1 hopes to reach next month. While it is crunch time, the companies could still broker deals. However, if one of these distributors holds out, it could be a dent into FS1’s plans. One need only look to the fact that DirecTV and the Pac 12 Network are still at an impasse in negotiations and while many thought that one company would cave by the time college football…then college basketball came around, neither side has budged.
For the UFC, losing a portion of its audience (or potential audience) can hurt its fall PPV events not to mention the upcoming TUF featuring Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate and the expected huge buildup for Silva-Weidman II. MMA Payout will keep you posted on this issue.