Austin’s Spectrum customers could lose several Fox networks


Highlights

The affected networks include FX, FXX, National Geographic Channel and Fox Sports Southwest.

Not affected are Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and Austin’s KTBC Channel 7.

Several popular Fox-owned cable networks could soon disappear from the Spectrum cable lineup in Austin and elsewhere across the country if a long-simmering feud isn’t resolved.

Those networks include FX, FXX, FX Movie Channel, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Southwest.

Not affected are Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and local Fox stations, such as Austin’s KTBC Channel 7.

Spectrum is the name Charter Communications assumed in many markets – including Austin – after acquiring Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Together, they have an estimated 16 million subscribers nationwide.

Commercials warning of an impending blackout have been airing on the Fox networks in recent days. Fox, in its message to viewers, claims the newly merged cable companies “have an agreement to carry the Fox networks that Charter has chosen to ignore.”

Spectrum, meanwhile, says in a written statement issued to news outlets that Fox wants more money for the channels than it’s entitled to receive.

“Fox is trying to gouge our customers using the increasingly common tactic of threats and removal of programming,” Charter said in a statement. “They are attempting to extort Charter for hundreds of millions of dollars. We will continue to work towards a fair agreement.”

Negotiations continue, both sides said. A definitive deadline to reach an agreement has not been made public.

“We’re disappointed that despite our best efforts to reach a resolution, Charter Spectrum subscribers could lose access to multiple Fox sports and entertainment networks,” Fox’s message says. “Charter’s tactics could result in its subscribers missing our popular programming including Fox Sports’ telecasts of the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Reds and many other MLB, NBA and NHL teams on Fox Regional Sports Networks, Fox Deportes, National Geographic and FX’s hit dramas ‘The Americans’ and ‘Feud’ as well as much more award-winning programming.”

Disputes like this one aren’t unusual. Talks between cable and satellite providers and local TV stations and national networks routinely go down to the wire. Typically the sticking point is a request – or demand – from broadcasters for a higher per-subscriber fee than what’s called for in the expiring contract.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Up the Ladder

Finance Banker’s Toolbox has named Max Thoene chief operating officer. Government The Texas County & District Retirement System has named Casey Wolf chief investment officer. Health care The Austin Healthcare Council has named Mini Kahlon board chair and Charles Barnett board vice chair. Technology SecureLink has named Chip Pate chief financial...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

3M DEAL 3M to sell Austin unit to Corning in its latest local downsizing: Industrial and consumer products company 3M continues to reduce its Austin footprint, announcing plans to shed a unit based here that makes bandwidth and optical fiber devices for the telecommunications sector — six months after it reached a separate deal to sell its main...
Pair of retail developments planned for Georgetown
Pair of retail developments planned for Georgetown

Two large retail developments, one including an Italian-themed village, are headed to Georgetown at Interstate 35 and Texas 29. Wolf Lakes Village is a proposed 164-acre retail/residential community with arched bridges, a plaza, three lakes and a wedding chapel planned for the northwest corner of the highways’ intersection. It also will feature...
11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job
11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

Whether you're in your first job straight out of college or are a seasoned professional starting with a different company, your first year can set the tone for success or failure.    Early mistakes can be difficult to overcome and can torpedo your career in the longer term. Each office has its own way of doing things, and it's part of your...
1 year in, Domain Northside development is a hit
1 year in, Domain Northside development is a hit

Bigger and better than anything Central Texans had seen before. That was the goal when Austin-based developer Endeavor Real Estate Group set out to plan Domain Northside, the third – and final – phase of the Domain mixed-use project in North Austin. PHOTOS: Domain Northside turns 1 One year after the first wave of businesses opened their...
More Stories