Millions of small-town cable customers could lose #FoxNews on 12/31 at midnight if small cable TV companies like ATMC don’t agree to outrageous fee hikes for Fox Sports 1&2. #MakesNoSense That’s not #FairOrBalanced #PlayFairAndBalanced
— ATMC (@ATMCconnect) December 27, 2019
According to some providers, Fox is asking for a 10x jump in what they are paying right now for Fox News, FS1, FS2, and Fox Business networks.
The primary reason this specific contract has not been agreed to is that FOX is seeking enormous rate increases, 10x the rate of inflation. Since 2004, they have increased rates for FOX News Channel by almost 800%.
— ALLO Communications (@AlloFiber) December 27, 2019
Why are so many small cable TV companies losing these networks all at the same time? Many small cable TV providers collectively bargain for the network’s rights together. Together they represent millions of Americans, but alone some of these smaller networks only represent a few thousand subscribers.
The good news is if you lose Fox News FS1, and more from your local cable provider, you have options. You can always switch to a streaming service that offers these networks. Not sure which service provides what you want? Here is a quick break down of some of the live TV streaming services currently on the market today.
There is still hope that these networks won’t go dark. AT&T recently worked out a deal with Disney to keep Disney networks on AT&T’s DIRECTV, AT&T TV NOW and more as talks continued. It is also possible that an agreement will be reached before the December 31st, 2019 deadline. For now, we will have to wait and see.
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