For the Record10/31/2004 7:00 PM Eastern
DirecTV Still In Carriage Talks With ESPN and Fox Cable
Los Angeles — DirecTV Inc. is continuing to carry ESPN and Fox Entertainment Group cable networks, even though its contracts with those programmers have expired.
Fox’s parent, News Corp., is now a controlling owner of DirecTV, which since Sept. 30 has been out of contract with Fox and services owned by The Walt Disney Co., including ESPN.
Last week, an ESPN spokeswoman declined to comment, while a Fox spokeswoman said, “We’re continuing to negotiate in good faith with DirecTV.”
“We have strong relationships with both Disney and Fox,” a DirecTV spokesman said. “We don’t comment on terms and conditions of contracts. We look forward to continuing to offer their programming.”
NFL Adds Knology While Turning One
New York — National Football League teams play once per week, so it’s only natural thatNFL Network signs distribution deals once per week.
The league-owned channel announced deal No. 52 in its 52 weeks of being on-air, this one with Knology Inc. NFL Network’s first anniversary is Nov. 4.
The network is now available in more than 22 million households, which it said is a cable-industry record for a one-year-old service.
Court TV Gets Hearing Over Cameras in N.Y.
New York— The New York Court of Appeals has notified Court TV that it will hear the network’s case against New York state.
Court TV has asserted in its suit, originally filed in the Supreme Court of New York County Sept. 5, 2001, that the current statute barring cameras from covering trials is unconstitutional under the First Amendment, as well as the New York State Constitution.