Charter Spectrum cable TV subscribers might not be able to access some Fox channels due to a new dispute between Charter Communications and Fox Networks Group over retransmission fees. In a recent statement, the officials from Fox Networks indicated that National Geographic, FX, and more than a few regional sports channels would go dark in markets outside of New York.
A website that was created by Fox Networks stated that the blackout would happen on April 11. However, the website had earlier declared that the stations would go dark on April 10, 2017, although it didn’t happen, fortunately.
Charter Communications, which is the parent company of Charter Spectrum, stated that, “Fox is trying to gouge our customers using the increasingly common tactic of threats and removal of programming. They are attempting to extort Charter for hundreds of millions of dollars. We will continue to work towards a fair agreement.”
Reports from several reliable sources indicate that the stations, which carry Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, or Fox, are not currently involved in the dispute between both the parties. In addition to that, reports also claimed that both the parties are continuing negotiations in order to prevent the blackout of the stations.
Fox launched a website a few weeks ago with the main purpose of informing Charter Spectrum cable TV customers that popular TV shows such as the “Fargo”, “The Americans”, and many more will not be broadcasted in the Rochester area. The season premiere of the highly critically acclaimed show, “Fargo” will air on Fox on April 19, but Rochester subscribers will not be able to view the channel.
Fox said, “Fox and Charter have an agreement to carry the Fox networks that Charter has chosen to ignore. Charter’s tactics could result in its subscribers missing our popular programming. We’re disappointed that despite our best efforts to reach a resolution, Charter Spectrum subscribers could lose access to multiple Fox sports and entertainment networks on April 11.”
Disputes between stations and cable service providers have become a quite common scenario in the TV landscape these days. For instance, Hearst Television stations were removed from Dish Network a few weeks ago, where many other are renegotiating their terms now. However, customers will still be able to watch their favorite programs if they have the best internet connection at their home, as many of the major players offer their TV programming on streaming platforms as well.