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DirecTV Reaches Agreement To Continue Carrying FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer Plus

DirecTV has reached an agreement with FOX to continue carrying all FOX Networks including FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes.

“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,” a statement revealed.

If a deal had not been reached, DirecTV would have pulled the plug on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer Plus, cutting off soccer fans from watching the Champions League games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Thankfully both parties came to their senses.

It’s somehow quite fitting that DirecTV and FOX reached an agreement on Halloween. Keeping FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer Plus on DirecTV will definitely be a treat for soccer fans in the United States. However, my opinion regarding the whole dispute is one of great dissatisfaction. The public dispute between DirecTV and FOX was like watching two children engaged in a “he said, she said” argument. And worst of all, it seemed like both parties were using scare tactics to get the public concerned. Personally, I find it despicable that either party would use the public as pawns in contract negotiations that should be kept private.

Like I predicted ten days ago, these ridiculous contract negotiations usually end up being settled at the eleventh hour, and that’s precisely what happened between DirecTV and FOX.

Now we just have to hope that DirecTV customers don’t get stuck with the bill of having to make up the difference between what DirecTV paid before and what they’re paying now to broadcast FOX channels.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Gerry

    November 21, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Yes, why not HD on DTV 621 all the time when we pay $15/mo for it and why fewer EPL matches on DTV? This weekend no Wigan v Blackburn, Stoke v QPR, or Tottenham V Aston villa as I recall. It’s not that I have time for all usually, but ‘d really like to see Tottenham (it’s on ESPN Desportes, requiring a separate subscription). Seems we are not getting fair value for money.

    • The Gaffer

      November 21, 2011 at 7:43 am

      The Tottenham game will also be shown on ESPN3.com

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  2. Raul

    November 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Well i’m glad they reached an agreement hopefully us Directv subscribers won’t have to pick up the tab for this deal!

  3. Smokey Bacon

    November 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    The one good thing to come out of this sh*tstorm is that DirecTV and Fox realized how much they need each other and quickly reached a compromise. Fox would have much more leverage over the smaller cable companies and #2 satellite provider. They met their match with DirecTV. Likewise there are enough of us out there and even more people that like FX etc. that made DirecTV settle with Fox rather than have a Netflix style loss of subscribers. Not quite mutually assured destruction but a prolonged and messy dispute would have damaged both brands. Hopefully we will not be bothered with such BS again.

  4. Mark

    November 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    If only they can get FSP to be HD all the time instead of only live EPL and Champions League games. It’s ridiculous that they charge $15/mo for 1 channel that is standard definition most of the time.

  5. J.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Getting Fox Soccer out of the Sports Tier would be a nice touch.

    • Bentley

      November 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      That would just be too good to be true. But it would be just my luck because i just subscribed to FoxSoccer.tv

    • J.

      November 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      I love the 2 thumbs down. Apparently there are 2 people out there who would prefer to pay (give or take) $10 per month more for this channel and prohibit it from having the same access to potential viewers as NFL Channel, MLB Channel, NBA Channel, Versus, NHL, Tennis Channel, Speed Channel, ESPN, Fox ‘Your Region’ and channels of a sporting nature that I can’t even think of.
      Love it.

      • JP

        November 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

        I’m switching to U verse for that very reason, I was tired of paying 12 dollars a month extra for a sports package just to get one channel.

  6. CTBlues

    November 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Also all the commercials I was seeing during this was switch to DishNetwork now your going to loose all your FOX channels.

  7. CTBlues

    November 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Fox did this to Cablevision last year to the local NY affiliate during the World Series and NFL season.

  8. Jose

    October 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Ya la cagan.

  9. adrian

    October 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Well thank God. I’ve been getting worked up all fir nothing. And I feel naive now. Good prediction by the way.

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