Comcast, Fox In Carriage Talks As Deal Nears End

Takedown of Broadcast, Cable Signals Not Likely

Comcast and Fox are engaged in quiet renewal discussions as their carriage agreement covering the Fox broadcast stations and some regional sports networks nears an end-of-year expiration.

On its Web site, Comcast lists Fox stations in Chicago, Washington, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta and Baltimore as being among those with agreements that may expire, as well as cable networks, including Fox Business Network, FSN Midwest, FSN New Mexico and FSN Southwest.

Neither company would comment on the situation, but a Fox source said that “talks are ongoing and a service interruption was not expected.

Another source familiar with the situation indicated that there didn’t appear to be any major issues standing in the way of an agreement and that Comcast prefers to do its deals amicably without a lot of public attention.