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Suddenlink, News Corp/Fox disagree over contract charges

By Victoria Advocate
Jan. 2, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.


Crossroads cable subscribers could lose a number of channels if an ongoing contract dispute between Suddenlink Communications and News Corp/Fox does not come to a resolution.

The two companies are at odds over the amount News Corp/Fox requests Suddenlink pay to broadcast its channels, according to a Suddenlink news release.

Suddenlink pays programmers a certain amount each month per channel, per customer, according to SuddenlinkOnYourSide.com, a website geared toward educating the public on the negotiations process.

"We're willing to pay a fair price for these channels, but a nearly 25 percent increase - which is what News Corp/Fox is currently demanding - is excessive by any measure," Suddenlink said in a Monday news release. "If News Corp lets us, Suddenlink will gladly keep these channels under the current agreement until a new agreement is reached."

A search on SuddenlinkOnYourSide.com shows 11 channels would be affected by the change in Victoria. Those include Speed, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, FX, Fuel, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Plus, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes, Fox Movie Channel and Fox College Sports.

Fox News Channel and Fox Business, which are under a separate, longer-term contract, will not be affected.

The extended deadline for negotiations is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, according to a Suddenlink news release issued Wednesday. That same release said Suddenlink continues to negotiate in good faith and is making progress.

For more information about the issue, or to see how the change might affect other areas, visit SuddenlinkOnYourSide.com.

Attempts to contact representatives with News Corp/Fox on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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