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December 27, 2019

Premier Dispute with FOX over Cable Networks

We are currently in negotiation with FOX Corporation to continue to offer their cable networks, including FOX News, FOX Business, FS1 and FS2 to our customers.

MOST RECENT UPDATE: (as of 12/31/19 at 9:30 PM.) A deal has still not been reached. NCTC continues to negotiate on Premier's behalf (along with about 700 other companies across the country) trying to avoid a temporary channel blackout at midnight (FOX News, FOX Business, FS1 and FS2).

Premier Communications has contracts with various TV “parent companies” (FOX etc) so we can provide Cable television programming to our customers. The contracts include information such as streaming rights, viewership stipulations and, most importantly, cost. Every few years these contracts expire and need to be renegotiated. Often times, these renegotiations include a cost increase over the life of the contract. Premier is part of a “bargaining agent” called the NCTC, a group that represents hundreds of other Cable TV providers across the country.

This year, Premier’s (via the NCTC) current contract with FOX Corporation is due to expire at 11:59PM on 12/31/19. This means that over the past several months, the NCTC has been attempting to come to a new agreement with FOX Corp. Unfortunately, FOX has been demanding unreasonable rate increases that will directly impact our customers’ monthly bills. Since 2009, fees for FOX News Channel and FOX Business Channel have increased almost 250%. FOX Sports 1 and 2 have seen increases of 190%. Now, FOX is demanding additional increases with this new contact. Premier, via the NCTC, is pushing back, trying to negotiate reasonable terms, but FOX is refusing to compromise. We hope to come to an agreement soon but if no agreement is in place by Dec. 31 at midnight, FOX may pull their signal from Premier’s channel lineup and customers will experience a loss of Fox News, Fox Business, FS1 and FS2 until an agreement is reached. This is a “worst-case-scenario”, we hope to reach an agreement in time or, at the very least, negotiate a contract extension so we can continue the negotiating process into 2020.

What Networks are Affected?

Only FOX cable networks are impacted 

FOX Business, FOX News, FS1 and FS2.

Channel Cost Increases

We can’t share an exact dollar amount, but FOX wants to significantly increase their fees to our customers. You may hear FOX say they are “asking for a fair rate that others have agreed to” – but there is nothing “fair’ about demanding a rate increase that is 10x the rate of inflation. We are on your side and working to keep these networks on our lineup at the lowest price. 

Premier Isn't Alone

Stand with us

FOX is not afraid to use our customers as a “bargaining tool” to try to force Premier to agree to unfair terms to restore the FOX programming to our lineup. Please stand with us as we continue negotiating. 

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