December 31, 2019 – We are negotiating with FOX Corporation to continue to offer their networks FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2 on your lineup, as well as their local FOX station in some of the towns we serve. We are attempting to reach a fair agreement, but they are demanding that we agree to very significant rate increases that will directly impact your monthly bill. If we are unable to reach an agreement by midnight on Tuesday, December 31st, FOX may force us to remove their channels from your lineup.
FOX is seeking a rate increase that is more than 10x the rate of inflation, after already increasing rates for FOX News Channel by 800% since 2004. If milk increased by the same amount FOX News has over the last 15 years, a gallon of milk that cost $3.50 in 2004 would cost $29 today. It is not fair to our hard-working customers to pay for these big increases while multi-billion-dollar companies like FOX make record profits. We are fighting on your behalf to keep costs down.
- These Network fees have increased dramatically at 3 ½ times the rate of inflation over the past 15 years.¹
- Five media companies control 90% of the Networks, and while we work hard to keep these costs under control, they continue to use their power to demand more money.²
- Programmers are securing long-term contracts with significant guaranteed Network fee increases, regardless of how many people watch.