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Not again: DirecTV and Fox Networks locked in carriage dispute now

Another carriage dispute has surfaced, this time between the Fox Networks and DirecTV. Fox issued a statement late Thursday that said unless it agrees to DirecTV’s new contract terms, the channels will go dark and subscribers won’t have access to nets like FX, National Geographic, Fox Movie Channel and many regional sports networks beginning Nov. 1.

Fox’s last deal with DirecTV expired at the end of September.

“DirecTV sent us a proposal on Tuesday afternoon,” according to a Fox networks spokesman. ”They have given us no chance to respond before taking an unnecessarily aggressive posture and going public.  It is disappointing that they have chosen bad faith tactics over meaningful negotiation.  We have proposed to keep the Fox Networks on DirecTV for the same price, and on the same terms as they are currently carried while we attempt to work out a fair agreement. Unfortunately, DirecTV has decided that unless they get their way, they are going to pull the plug on their customers November 1.”

Fox Networks is directing subscribers to to get more information.

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  1. kimberly rollins

    October 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Keep our fox nets

  2. jerrymartin

    October 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    this is the dumbest thing i have heard of in these hard times fox net. is about to leave directv over a rate dispute . am i wrong or is these networks part of ruperts murdocks holdings. if so that would explain a lot

  3. Debbie

    October 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I’m not sure what the problem is, but if they drop the Fox channels, I’ll switch to Dish Network!

  4. F.Graham

    October 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I will seriously consider canceling my Directv subscription if they cancel FX. FX has one of, if not the best TV lineup that is on.

  5. steve bullen

    October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    if directv cancels fox channels i will go to dish network. this is a democrat tactic to remove all conservative news programing

  6. LISA

    October 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I really wish that you would stop. I am a customer of direct tv and if you take drop fx, fox whatever i will have to re-evaluate my entertainment choices. I refuse to pay for entertainment that I have to worry about interruption in the middle of the season of many shows. I feel that this is not professional behavior out of a company, especially such short notice for your paying customers to have to make other arrangements.


  7. lindle

    October 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Your dispute shouldnt affect our programming. You need to resolve your issues like anyone else would do. If we loose our programming we will be forced to go else were. I am guessing if you drop programming we pay for you are letting people out of there contracts at no charge since that is breach of contract on your part?

  8. Debra Greco-Machen

    October 26, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Please resolve whatever the issues are. If these channels are going to be getting removed from DirecTV , I as a customer will definitally be switching providers and doing whatever I have to, to be able to watch the shows and movies on the FX channels, natgeo. Honestly, the sports channels wouldn’t be missed by me. But if they are part of the package to keep the others then I sure hope you resolve this before I have to remove my services from DirecTV. Thank you

  9. jb

    October 26, 2011 at 2:27 am

    direct tv needs a reality check, maybe all of us should go to a new provider and watch what happens to thier stocks, and thier greed then.

  10. mary beth wimberley

    October 26, 2011 at 1:55 am

    please do not cancel fox network. one of my favorite channel. sons of anarchy is one of my favorite shows. watch it weelky and also tape ir for my husband.who works nights, also enjoy other programs on fox networks.

  11. glenda

    October 26, 2011 at 1:52 am

    i will drop directv immediately if fx goes, I go, There are too many cable compaines to put up with this. also FOX, all of that will close my account immediately. We want our FX and Fox or its good bye Directv.
    My 4 other households of our family is going to a new provider also.

  12. Otto Schwab

    October 26, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I have been a loyal customer for over 5 years, but your actions lately is trying that loyalty. FX is one of my most watched channels, to remove it will make me consider another provider. I do hope you will reconsider. Thank you, Otto Schwab

  13. lori

    October 26, 2011 at 1:39 am

    This is really stupid. I wait year around for my favorite show and you guy’s do this every year. My kids love national geo and i cant wait to watch Sons of anarchy. I pay a very high bill every month to get told there going to shut it off. It pisses me off and my family. Please keep our channels that we all pay for… we as working people look forward to this…

  14. Jana

    October 26, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Please don’y get rid of FX. I love this channel. I love SONS. This just doesn’t make any sence. Why do we pay high price for the channels we want and you go and get rid of the channels. Please at this rate we might as well go back to just the basic channels and then one would make any money.

  15. james

    October 26, 2011 at 1:38 am

    keep it on the air

  16. Edgar Casimiro

    October 26, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Keep FX it is a excellent channel with great programs

  17. Stu Johnson

    October 26, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Keep FX and all shows and sports FOX

  18. Larry Wilson

    October 26, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I think that the dropping of fx is big mistake. there are many people just like myself that enjoy the programming that fx provides. I feel that direct tv needs to listen to the people that make their business work and quit trying to control what the people are allowed to view for their entertainment.

  19. javier

    October 26, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I signed a contract with the channels that are gonna be taken away thats not fair to what we have been paying for. I may end up switching providers that offer these channels maybe with better rates.

  20. mike shapiro

    October 26, 2011 at 1:28 am

    This is the most unprofessional thing I’ve ever heard. Sons of anarchy, the league, American horrorstory, always sunny…, archer are shows I watch every single week w/o question. I can count my favorite stations on one hand, an FX is one of them. If this goes through, Ill quit DirectTV at the end of my contract w/o thinking twice. This is garbage.

  21. robert welker

    October 26, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I have enjoyed Direct T.V. i watch FX a lot and if FX is lost and the Discovery channel I will drop Direct T.V and find someone else who cares about the people who pay for their wages. Maybe thoes higher wage people would live on what lower incom people do they would also like what they get but take it away and you will also loose many of your customers. Keep FX oPlease.

  22. c.filer

    October 26, 2011 at 1:21 am

    direct tv is not being fair to fox tv or it s custmores by not trying to work out it s problems so fox can stay on the air.myself i am thinking of going back to cable and doing away with direct tv

  23. nicole

    October 26, 2011 at 1:17 am

    If direct tv does this again and I lose FX, one of the only channels I watch!! I will break my contract and go back with cox right away. I will then do whatever it takes to appeal any and all charges. This is unaccectable!!! It is completely wrong to there customers in every way shape and form. we all pay are monthly bill for the service!! for them to pull a network it that short of notice without warning because of there issues is not only improfessional but just plain wrong. the customers should not pay the price for this.

  24. michael belknap

    October 26, 2011 at 1:16 am

    i just got direct tv and you promised me 225 channels you are violating my contract this is not right my wife watches sons of anarchy and she is very pissed. please keep these channels. think of your customers

  25. Daryl Leftault

    October 26, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I watch FX and National Geographic A LOT. My contract with DirecTV ends in December and I will look at a contract with COMCAST if these channels are cut from service!

  26. kelly nielsen

    October 26, 2011 at 12:54 am

    keep fxplease or turn me off

  27. michael kingston

    October 26, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Don’t do it. I have been a customer for 15 years.

  28. marcelino castillo

    October 26, 2011 at 12:53 am

    keep my fx or we will go to dish

  29. Dawn Chladek

    October 26, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I dropped the dish network for the exact same reason. I can’t believe this is happening again. I am really considering dropping DirectTV. I actually liked DirectTV better then dish. However I am a die hard SOA fan and am really considering comcast. I pay enough money for the privilege of having dish. I should be able to watch my favorite shows.

  30. Thomas W. Weaver

    October 26, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Stop all the fighting I want “FX” I will look elsewhere for it if it gets removed. Its tough for us all why be part of the problem when you can be part of the solution!!!

  31. holly

    October 26, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Why do we all need to sufer cause of your distupe figure it out and fx!!!

  32. eric hubbard

    October 26, 2011 at 12:32 am

    this is a dishearting thing to hear i am a big fan of the fox movie network and for direct tv to start taking away channels is gonna do nothing but make ppl more dissatisfied with the service theyre providing..your gonna make a big mistake you already have a hit series which reaches millions of viewers thus if you do this now its gonna push ppl back to your competitors seriously i am making my business to pass this info along to the friends and family and persuade them to go back to cable if u do this .. so please direct tv keep the fox network in with your company dont turn them off ,
    respectful yours
    mr hubbard

  33. Glenda & Franklin Peart

    October 26, 2011 at 12:31 am

    We left Dish for Direct TV because of this game of pulling channels we watch. Keep going, we have no problem telling you to “shove it” as well. Your customers are waiting to hear there is a settlement or they will leave in droves. We talked our son into taking Direct TV 3 weeks ago when he moved here, HE WILL leave if you lose FX.
    Think long and hard, you could be the next Netflix!

  34. david andrews

    October 26, 2011 at 12:31 am

    keep fox chanels, its better than anything else you offer

  35. dusty

    October 26, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Really, get over yourself direct are fixing to lose alot of people over this. this is a great channel with damn good hows. quit being a damn bully. how can we teach our kids to do right when this bullying is everywhere. not cool!

  36. larry lott

    October 26, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I will have to leave directtv if they go though with move.

  37. Tim

    October 26, 2011 at 12:11 am


  38. Tim

    October 26, 2011 at 12:08 am

    if directv drops FX i will cancel my order with them friday and thats from a customer since 2008 BOYCOTT!!!

  39. Arnie Amrhein

    October 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    If I lose these channels you can have you Direct TV as I will quit and go some place else that has them. after all I am paying for these channels

  40. jaime Ochoa

    October 26, 2011 at 12:05 am


  41. Steve Williams

    October 26, 2011 at 12:03 am

    If Directv cancels the above channels I will cancel Directv and go to Dish or Comcast.

  42. Steve Williams

    October 26, 2011 at 12:01 am


  43. russell baugh

    October 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    i am a 10 year customer with directv if they cancell fx and speed and natgeo. the next day i will cancell my subcripstion . thank you.

  44. Andy Reed

    October 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I hope direct tv can resolve this issue because I like direct tv very much and have been with them for at least 15 years. If money is the reason thats sad they feel need more money alot of Americans need more money in todays world, so direct tv will be punishing its subsribers cuz they want to get richer. Well I for one will cancel and go with another supplier for my service.

  45. Jonathan

    October 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I think this is stupid I love the fox channels and if the cancel it I think direct will lose alot of people

  46. terry glessner

    October 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    what the hell. are you really going to let fx and all the other networks go away!!!
    MAKE A DEAL WITH THEM. when i sign my contract with you it INCLUDED
    those channels so lets keep them and my contract will be in tacked.
    don’t let them go

  47. terry girard

    October 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    after over 15 yeard of dtv I will cancel .

  48. kevin flynn

    October 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    for direct tv to cancel fx and speed etc.. is ridiculous. being a direct tv customer, i pay plenty already and fx and speed arent premiere channels, so why should we have to pay more for those channels. if this happens i believe direct tv will lose customers. is it worth it? there are alot of nascar fans who will not put up with this. not to mention all the other channels that will be lost. think of the customers and the economy and do not be greedy.

    • kevin flynn

      October 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      direct tv should continue to work with fox (fx), and leave things the way they are until an agreement is met. do not take it out on the customer.

  49. Dale Bybee

    October 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    we have been Direct customers for many years and have had many friends switch over from Dish to Direct if you are pulling our favorite channels over some stupid argument about money, think of the customers that direct will be loosing we will leave because we like our channels and don’t like to be threatened.

  50. Cricket Myles

    October 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    If Direct TV drops FX then I will Cancell Direct TV and find a carrier that has FX.

  51. Edward Riddick

    October 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    If direct TV goes through with the decision to drop these networks I will cancell my direct TV prescription. People are getting tired of big corporations taking more of our money and not providing what we pay for.

  52. Tom Coleman

    October 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I will start an email compain from the east coast to the west coast get thousands of customers to cancell Direct TV. I will go to every blog, website, I can find to tell everyone cancell Direct TV.

  53. James weems

    October 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    If Direct tv doesn’t fix this problem and I loose these channels, and still charge me the same price then I will drop their service. They need me more than I need them.

  54. Nancy

    October 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Leave FX on my family really enjoys that channel.

  55. Aly Wonder

    October 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I will leave Direct TV if they drop FX and fox… My household spends 150 to 200 at least a month for Direct TV… This stinks, We have been with Direct for over 10 years. I left cable because of this kind of stuff… dropping channels that I and my family watch. I have refered many friends to Direct and I am sure that several of these friends will drop Direct TV also. I get several pay channels on top of the basic channels, my money will go to a service that provides the channels we want. I will be watching this very close… Get Smart Dirct TV and keep FOX and their affiliates on your service or you will be GONE!!! Aly and family

  56. ken thompson

    October 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    i hate the position directtv takes if it wasnt for the nfl ticket i would leave them and if i lose fx i might just do that !

  57. robert simonelli

    October 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    direct tv times are getting tough and money tight we pay a lot of money and some say too much…..soon u will lose customers as did netflix think twice before u pull fox off the air

  58. Joe Davis

    October 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Why get rid of FX?

  59. Hans Geiger

    October 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    if the network will stop broadcasting FX I consider them breaking their contract with me and I will do everything in my power to not only bring legal remifications to Direct TV. but also consider this a breach of contract with my family and I and will cancle my service for breach of contract. I will also encourage all my Family and friend to boycot Direct TV.

  60. john mcgee

    October 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    we pay for fx, so keep the channel, im about ready to get rid of direct and go back to comcast anyway. if this channel is going off i will drop you guys.

  61. william wilson

    October 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    has direct tv lost there damn minds, if they cancel f/x we will be cheated out of the last five episodes of sons of anarchy, sorry but thats not gonna happen, its time to send in a reaper crew !!!!!!

  62. jean913

    October 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I have been paying all of my direct tv bills even though the prices still go up higher and higher! Tuesdays are my nights to watch tv on the flat screen and every tuesday night I sit with my husband and we watch “Sons of Anarchy” together now I find out that my only real grown-up time is being taking away? Why is this happening to all these wonderful channels? What right do the people who make these decisions to cancel so many good programs? Mean while they keep all the hispanic stations and we have as a subscriber no choice and continue to pay on them even though we do not want them. Please keep the stations that you are planning on canceling or my husband and I will be dropping Direct tv and convincing all the others we know to do the same..
    A dissapointed subscriber
    Jeannine Armbrewste

  63. Richard Kauffman

    October 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Hey direct v if cancel fox and fx channels then that opens the door for me to cancel with you without you charging me extra, because fx and fox were part of my package now your changing it without my permission, that gives me just cause to cancel, so please do so I can go to fios sooner then I thought, thank you for the help in getting my fios sooner Richard Kauffman

  64. Leandra Armstrong

    October 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I donot agree with taking any of the channel off of the air when we pay for them as it is.

  65. Eileen

    October 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    You corporate theives think nothing of customers. All you are concerned with is profit in your fat ass pockets. You know the people of this country is getting pretty fed up with your corporate rif offs. You might end up like Neflix with loosing massive number of customers. The corporate offices of your company will pay for your tactics.
    You are a shame to this country!!!!!
    This is directed to>>>>>Fox Networks

  66. cara Davis

    October 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    As a Direct customer what is our recourse? Just let them stop several of the channel’s we pay Extra for monthly?

  67. Theresa

    October 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I think it is unmentionable what Direct TV is doing to its customers, Not only will my house hold cancel my subscribtion to DTV I will have my other fanily memebers do as well and will go on a Full petition signing effort to get everyone I work with (Large hospital facility) along with everyone in our small Town as well as our Church members to cancel,,,Stop greasing your palms and taking advantage of your customers, greed will not win! You have great artist making great shows that are worth watching not something you find much on tv in todays reality show world. DTV do the right thing by your customers and artist, the world can use someone not following greed but doing the right thing!

  68. Cheryl Welch

    October 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    KEEP ALL THE CHANNELS WE NOW HAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  69. sue

    October 25, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    its a netfix deal pay attention. I will drop direct tv to keep fox

  70. henry Jones

    October 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    What wrong with you all keep the fox channels we paid for it and they offer you same deal hate to have to go to some where else for satellite tv

  71. Russell Decker

    October 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    If DirecTV cannot get over the greed maybe the cable company can. Lose these station I think you will lose several thoasands of your loyal customers. The cable comapny will gain several thousands of new customers which will become loyal customers. MAKE THE DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. cain

    October 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I am a big part of a motorcycles world and I pay on 3 directv accounts and will cancel all of them if i lose my fx channal plus I will push to all my mc family to do the same, so I’m asking you to not cancel this station.

  73. sherri kellar

    October 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    keep the fx channels. that is what we paid for. we will leave if we dont have them

  74. deedra dulcie

    October 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I have been a customer of Direct tv for years. fX matters to me. If you drop it, I will drop Direct tv. Play nice.

  75. rico shepherd

    October 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I will go with whatever carrier has FX & National Geographic, PERIOD. i love DirecTv & have fought friends and family to keep them with direcTv instead of going over to Dish Network.
    If DirecTv cannot keep FX in their line-up, they will lose ME & a TON of other customers. That’s right we are PAYING CUSTOMERS & we want FX in our Directv package that we PAY for!!!

  76. Robin

    October 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    we wanted this package so we would get FX. Keep FX.

  77. Terry Westfall

    October 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Will discontinue service with DTV if they do so and go with another provider,, especially since I’ve been with DTV for over 15 years…

  78. Andrew

    October 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Don’t drop FX. I Want my Sons of Anarchy. Ill drop direct TV if Sons of Anarchy is gone by november 1st

  79. Billie Wells

    October 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I CANNOT believe this garbage dispute!! Settle already!!

  80. denise shanahan

    October 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    please dont get rid of fx. my family & myself get together to watch several of your programs “family time”.

  81. linda carr

    October 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    keep my fx…love this channel.

  82. mike west

    October 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    A few years ago Dish pulled this & I had to switch to Directv, so now I guess I will just have to go with the local cable co. The cable co. is more expensive but I watch the chanels that they keep taking away, & at least the cable co. doesnt treat you like trash, but both Dish & Directv just dont care about you, its all agout the money & screw you is there attitude. Most customers dont realize that they dont have to take this from Directv because directv is in breech of contract because when you entered into their contract they agreed to provide YOU ! with certian chanels, & by taking them off the air YOU can legaly break the contract with out ant repercussions, & they will lie to YOU!! & tell YOU that YOU cant!! DONT BELIEVE them, they cant make YOU responsible to fulfil the contract no matter what they tell YOU!!!

  83. jeff dalton

    October 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    i dont what to loose these programs this i why i got directv. i dont want to drop them but i will to keep watching my favor it programs

  84. judy rutkowski

    October 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Do you know how many Detroit Michigan customers you will loose. This is not fair to take away fox sports from Detroit Fans this is a total outage… I believe many people will SUE yes Sue direct tv… I would be one of them. How dare you take away the one way a person can afford to watch sports!!!!!

  85. steve mcglothlin

    October 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I would hate to lose those channels they affected my decision to carry the package i have i watch most of them quite often.I think the price is high enough without having to lose some favored channels

  86. Kathy Teague

    October 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Direct TV needs to keep FX- if not I will go back to Charter for cable TV services-these are very good channels,will not go without them-please work something out for us “little people”

  87. michelle rogers

    October 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    it is bad business the way directv handled this and i have a bunch of friends as well as myself that are considering dropping directv. They are the highest around and the channels they are dropping are majority of what we watch at our house. Them dropping these channels wont make our bill any cheaper and i am very disappointed in directvs service. I am paying $85 dollars a month and now i am losing my most watched channels. What will be left will only be worth about $25 dollars a month but that wont happen. Maybe i should start spreading the word for everyone to switch to dish network and just put directv out of business

  88. Debra Shaver

    October 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    We are a Directv family but if we can’t receive our Fox Sports it’s over. We are hugh St. Louis Cardinal fans and like to keep up with Fox News and other programs that Fox provides. Fox has a very hugh fan base so if they leave us in the dark on 11/01/11 then we will move on to where ever our channels go because Directv isn’t paying the bill to have Fox services provided, we are !!!

  89. cheryl nalls

    October 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Oh good grief, can’t even say how I feel. Ok, drop fox, I will drop dtv. Is that simple enough?

  90. Brenda Silva

    October 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    WTH This really upsets me…..I watch a lot of programs on FX and for directv to do this is a bunch of BS….. We pay good money to directv and for them to keep screwing us by dropping channels and increasinf rates is just wrong…..time to go to different services I guess..

  91. Lynn l. Morris

    October 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    If I loose the channels being mentioned from my Direct TV, I’ll have no choise except to go to Dish. Why do the consumers always suffer? Figure something out and let us enjoy.

  92. mark elliott

    October 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    you need to make a deal on this or a lot of folks will bail on directv, i like my plan like it is the stuff your going pick up i do;t care to watch,iam nascar fan , an i’ll be gone …

  93. larry brandes

    October 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    we have no other fox or the other channels that you want to pull off at least give us some were else to go I really relay on fox 39 for the sports channel and also can you get it in hd also

  94. kenya powell

    October 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    lets not go there i dropped my previous carrier when they had a dispute with abc affliates

  95. roland

    October 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    if i lose fox, I will cancel Direct TV. Already have too many channels I NEVER WATCH., if necessary, i will use local antenna and save $79.00 bucks.

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