News Corp. May Pull Fox Network Channels From Time Warner Cable Starting Jan. 1, 2010
December 31, 2009
(ChattahBox) – If News Corporation fails to reach a deal with Time Warner on a new contract by Thursday night i.e. New Years Eve, millions of homes could see Fox broadcast network dropped from their cable package, including Fox News and big college football bowl games. Prospects are looking bleak for the two sides to reach an agreement before tonight’s midnight deadline as News Corp has refused an offer to enter binding arbitration. “At this time, it looks like we will not reach an agreement, and our channels may very well go off the air in Time Warner Cable systems,” News Corp. president Chase Carey told employees, according to The New York Times. The two have been locked in a standoff over distribution rights that also will affect several cable channels, including FX and the Speed Channel, with Fox insisting it receive a dollar per month per cable subscriber for access to its shows and live broadcast events, a number that Time Warner feels could create a difficult precedent for other stations.
“Fox is really trying to change all the rules here,” Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Glenn Britt said. “You’re talking about a very large increase in costs, which ultimately consumers will bear because this isn’t just about Time Warner Cable; they intend to get these fees from every [TV-service] provider.” He added, though, “We’re still hopeful we’ll make a deal.”
News Corp.’s Mr. Carey countered: “The broadcast business has to get to a business model that works.” He said it was “incredibly disingenuous” for the cable companies to say they have to pass on higher monthly fees to consumers. “They have a fabulous business model.”