Fox and DirecTV Reach Carriage Renewal, Avoiding Blackout
Fox Corp. and DirecTV reached an agreement that avoided a blackout of some networks.
The previous deal was due to expire Friday night at midnight ,. On Saturday, the two companies jointly announced a multiyear carriage renewal. The agreement covers FS1, FS1, Big Ten Network and Fox Soccer Plus (PPV), as well as Fox’s owned and operated local stations.
The renewal will affect 18 markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The financial terms of the renewal were not disclosed.
This is a busy weekend for sports coverage with the 2022 World Cup on Fox and FS1, and Fox programming this weekend also includes the Big Ten College Football Championship.
Fox aired a crawl last weekend on multiple channels in an attempt to warn viewers that failing to reach an agreement between DirecTV and Fox could result in the loss of programming access. Both companies were in active negotiations at the time.
Fox found itself in a similar situation with New York-based cable company Altice in October, as the companies were at odds over fees until settling the dispute in time to similarly avoid blackouts. Fox has not gone dark on a carriage dispute since Dish Network negotiations led stations to go offline for 10 day in 2019.
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