Fox Networks Group Threatens to Blackout 16 Million Charter Subscribers

by Paige Albiniak  |  04.07.2017

Fox Networks Group on Friday warned that it’s close to cutting off access to Charter’s 16 million Spectrum subscribers if the two companies can’t come to terms over carriage fees. 

Fox Networks Group includes FX Networks, National Geographic, Fox Sports and 19 regional sports networks. Other 21st Century Fox networks, including the Fox broadcast network, Fox News Channel or Fox Business, are not included in the dispute.

In the above video, FNG warns subscribers that they could lose access to the NBA and NHL as playoffs for both leagues are about to start, as well as to Major League Baseball games as its season gets underway. Other shows that could be cut off for subscribers include FX’s The Americans and Feud as well as the third season of Fargo, which is about to premiere.

“Fox and Charter Spectrum have an agreement to carry the Fox networks that Charter has chosen to ignore,” said FNG in a statement. “We are disappointed that despite our best efforts over many months to resolve the situation without disruption, Charter’s 16 million subscribers may lose access to a wide variety of programming, including telecasts of the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Reds and many other MLB, NBA and NHL teams on Fox Regional Sports Networks, FX’s hit dramas The Americans and Feud, and National Geographic.”

FNG has put up a website, KeepMyNets.com, offering links to Charter competitors as an alternative for subscribers.

“Fox is trying to gouge our customers using the increasingly common tactic of threats and removal of programming,” Charter said in a statement. “They are attempting to extort Charter for hundreds of millions of dollars. We will continue to work towards a fair agreement.”

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