Peace breaks out between Fox and DirecTV in carriage row

Following a protracted dispute that threatened to result in satellite operator having to drop some rather popular channels from the content company, DirecTV and Fox Networks have ended their carriage confrontation.
The upshot of the deal will see DirecTV continuing to carry carrying all of Fox Networks content including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, SPEED, FUEL TV, FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. In addition it will also be able to offer Fox’s regional sports networks, Fox Broadcasting (FOX), the FOX local stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

In a rather bland statement that in no way reflected the bitter disagreement that had involved weeks of leaks and briefings, the two companies said: “We both know the past ten days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.”

Despite closing the Fox issue, DirecTV still has to resolve a similar retransmission spat with affiliate owner Belo Television Group which threatens programming for subscribers in 11 states and could see ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC broadcasts could go dark .Belo is looking to raise retransmission rates for local free-to-air programming covered under the “must-carry” provisions for cable and satellite service.