Fox, DirecTV reach agreement: Crisis averted!

It’s over: Fox and DirecTV have reached an agreement for the satellite provider to continue carrying Fox cable changes and broadcast network.

Can you believe all those sensationalistic threats about DirecTV no longer airing everything from X Factor to American Horror Story didn’t come to pass? We sure can. Here was a letter EW.com received a week ago:

“I’m curious as to why there seems to be little coverage of the DIRECTV/Fox debacle that will come to a head on 1 NOV 2011. DIRECTV and Fox can’t seem to come to terms with regards to show costs surrounding cable networks FX, Fox South, Fuel, etc. and will drop these networks on 1 NOV. This has started a firestorm between DIRECTV and their subscribers who threaten to drop DIRECTV and sign with their rivals. The financial loss to DIRECTV could be monumental (the CEO of DIRECTV is currently pocketing about 32 million a year in salary and perks.) I believe this will be a heck of a story that the trades seem to be ignoring. Check out Twitter, Facebook, and blogs regarding this subject and you will see that this story has legs.”

We weren’t ignoring the Fox vs. DirecTV battle, we were, from our perspective, not falling for it. We did a few posts so you’d be informed, but nearly all of these carriage renewal negotiation fights tend to go to same way (especially when you have companies that are tethered together like Fox and DirecTV): There’s a bunch of public threats, fear-mongering, attack ads, accusations, and drama to stir up subscribers and the press. And there’s a last-minute deal and everybody is friends again. Here at EW, we only try to freak you out when it’s warranted.

Here’s the official statement:

“Fox Networks and DIRECTV have reached an agreement for DIRECTV to continue carrying all Fox Networks (including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, SPEED, FUEL TV, FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes), Fox’s regional sports networks, Fox Broadcasting (FOX), the FOX local stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. 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.”

 

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