More Fox Network Channels to Reach American Pay TV Users

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Fox Network Group has reached a fresh long-term carriage agreement with AT&T®. It comes as the Dallas-based telecommunications company is fighting an appeal, lodged by the Depart of Justice, against the court’s approval of its Time Warner® acquisition.

The agreement covers retransmission permission for Fox TV stations in seventeen cities and twenty-two of Fox Sports networks. It comprises cable networks FX, FS1, FS2, FXM, FXX, BabyTV, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Channel, and Spanish services Net Geo Mundo, Fox Deportes, Fox Life, and the pay-per-view TV service namely Fox Soccer Plus.

The video platforms of the Dallas-based fastest internet provider comprise DIRECTV®, DIRECTV NOW®, and U-VERSE®.

The Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer at AT&T® Communications, Daniel York, said that, “We are pleased to have closed a multi-year deal with Fox for their entire array of content. Our customers will continue to enjoy their programming live and on-demand on all their devices, both at home and on-the-go. Fox has worked with us in this deal to deliver more choice for consumers and better value to AT&T® customers.” However, the financial terms of the deal were not made known to the public.

“We’re pleased to expand our partnership with AT&T® through this wide-ranging agreement which ensures that our top-rated entertainment and sports programming will remain broadly available to DIRECTV®, DIRECTV NOW® and U-VERSE® customers for the foreseeable future,” Michael Biard, the President of Distribution at Fox Networks Group, said.

Competing distributors have whined that the mix of distribution businesses of the Telco, comprising DIRECTV®, and WarnerMedia programming assets, like Cartoon Network, TNT, CNN, and HBO®, give the company an unfair advantage.

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Reaching an agreement with Fox helps the best internet provider with its present dispute with Dish Network® to a certain degree. Dish Network® recently blacked out HBO®, which has become part of WarnerMedia. It is claiming that the Telco giant is planning to sell HBO® programming to subscribers at cheaper costs than what it is charging Dish Network® and plans to use its full control of HBO® to steal subs.

The Senior Vice President of Programming at Dish Network®, Andy LeCuyer, said that, “Plain and simple, the merger created for AT&T® immense power over consumers. It seems AT&T® is implementing a new strategy to shut off its recently acquired content from other distributors.”

The CEO of AT&T® Communications, John Donovan, earlier said that it would be reviewing subscription-TV programming line-ups. As of now, DIRECTV® is losing customers and AT&T® is looking at skinny bundles as a means to lure subscribers and boost wireless business.

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