Fox Networks said Thursday that it has struck distribution deals for new national sports network FS1 with all major distributors, including Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network.
Fox Sports boasted in March that new national sports network Fox Sports 1 would count 90 million subscribers when it launches on Aug. 17. But four days before its debut, it still lacks carriage deals with DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Dish Network and Bright House Networks.
Dish Network won't be able to use the.direct domain name to market TV Everywhere services and other products after the World Intellectual Property Organization found it could confuse customers of satellite rival DirecTV.
DirecTV kicked off a marketing campaign for its 2013-2014 "NFL Sunday Ticket" package by launching YouTube video on Tuesday which stars NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. The spot has gone viral, generating more than 2 million views by noon E.T. Wednesday.
Regulators may be more receptive to the idea of Dish Network merging with rival DirecTV if there is a new wave of consolidation involving cable MSOs, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen told analysts Tuesday.
DirecTV said Thursday that it lost 84,000 subscribers in the second quarter, an increase compared to the 52,000 net subscriber losses that it posted this time last year.
DirecTV has licensed dozens of patents that could help it deliver multiplatform content, according to a deal announced by Personal Media Communications.
DirecTV is going to pass on picking up Pac-12 Networks sports channels this season.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators lost about 2.5 million video subscribers between 2010 and 2012, according to the FCC's annual video competition report.
Major cable MSOs must consolidate in order to drive down programming costs and to achieve the scale needed to compete in the long run with Internet giants such as Apple and Google, Liberty Media Corp. chairman John Malone said in an interview published by The Denver Post on Saturday.