Suddenlink, Fox Agree To Extension

Channels Stay Live Through Jan. 3 As Negotiations Continue

News Corp.’s programming units have agreed to extend their carriage deadline with Suddenlink Communications until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 3 as the two sides continue to try to hammer out a deal.

Fox stations in Los Angeles (KTTV); Phoenix (KSAZ); Memphis (WHBQ); Houston (KRIV); Dallas (KDFW) and Austin (KTBC); My Network TV stations in Houston (KTXH); Dallas (KDFI); and Phoenix (KUTP); as well as cable networks FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Deportes, Fox College Sports and several regional sports networks were originally set to go dark at 5 p.m. Jan. 2 if a deal wasn’t reached. The extension appears to show that some progress is being made. Not part of the negotiations are Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, which are under a separate carriage agreement with the MSO.

“We continue to negotiate with them in good faith and are making progress toward an agreement,” Suddenlink said in a statement.

Suddenlink has said that Fox is demanding as much as a 25% increase in pricing for the channels.

Fox declined to comment about the ongoing negotiations but a spokesman for the programmer confirmed that an extension had been granted.