Networks have become more willing to black out their signals when TV providers aren’t willing to meet their demands.
We negotiate dozens of network agreements each year, the majority of which you never hear about. When public disputes or blackouts happen, it’s because we wouldn’t agree to the network’s demands.
When disputes happen, we know it can be frustrating but know that we’re always fighting on behalf of our customers. We are committed to keeping you connected to what you care about most while providing the most value from all of our services.
fuboTV had to drop Disney-owned FOX networks for 7 months due to Disney’s high fees.
Hearst blacked out the signals to 34 stations for two days, which they had also done to DIRECTV’s customers for a week in 2017.
22 FOX Regional Sports Networks left fuboTV when they couldn’t come to an agreement on rising costs.
Hearst cut the signal to their station when this small provider wouldn’t agree to their high fee demands.
33 stations were pulled by Hearst for almost 2 months when DISH wouldn’t agree to Hearst’s demands to double their current rates.
FOX blacked out many cable networks and 17 stations. FOX is demanding big rate increases and DISH offered an extension but was turned down. “FOX had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving its channels up,” DISH said. “Instead, FOX chose to harm its viewers.”
AT&T and DIRECTV customers in 14 markets lost their CBS and The CW signals for 20 days. AT&T referred to CBS as a “repeat blackout offender” who regularly threatens to remove signals to get higher fees.
Meredith pulled 17 popular stations for over 2 months, even after DISH offered to keep the channels up while they reached a deal.
Nexstar blacked out 120 stations from AT&T and DIRECTV for 8 weeks because AT&T wouldn’t agree to their demands for, “… the largest increase that AT&T has ever seen from any content provider.”