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Fox, Altice fee dispute could lead to blackout

With their distribution deal set to expire on Friday, Fox and Altice are warning viewers that they could face a programming blackout at midnight Friday.

The dispute over retransmission and cable distribution fees could affect local stations, including WNYW-TV in New York and cable channels FS1, FS2, Fox News, Fox Business Network and the Big Ten Network, and comes at a when Fox has heavy sports programming. , including NFL games, college football, and the Major League Baseball playoffs.

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As usual, each side blames the other for the potential outage.

“Optimum is committed to keeping our customers connected to the TV content they love, and we are currently in active negotiations with Fox Networks to continue carrying its suite of channels at a reasonable rate that reflects our customers’ best interests.” , Altice said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Fox Networks is demanding unprecedented and excessive fee increases which would increase television bills. We work hard to reach a fair deal for our customers and avoid any disruption.

In a statement, Fox said it remained committed to reaching a “fair deal” with Altice for continued transportation to Optimum customers.

“Despite our best efforts for months, we regret that Altice continues to demand special treatment and reject market conditions, requiring us to alert our loyal viewers to a possible outage of all Fox channels by Optimum,” said Fox. “This means Optimum subscribers could lose access to MLB Playoffs on Fox and FS1, The World Series, NFL on Fox, College Football on Fox Sports, Fox News, hit shows like The Masked Singer and 9-1-1, local news, and more. As Fox continues to seek a mutually beneficial agreement, our priority is to ensure viewers’ ability to access all programming from Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Entertainment and local Fox stations. We encourage subscribers to visit www.KEEPFOX.com for more information. ■