Monday, 08 December 2003
surfaced today on multiple news sources including Fox News that the FCC
will approve the pending deal that has News Corp. (the parent of the
Fox network of stations) purchasing satellite TV provider DirecTV. The
deal reportedly comes with a few strings attached including an
arbitration clause which allows cable providers a place to settle any
possible hardball plays from Fox. Cable providers are worried that Fox
will pull NFL games from their cable systems to make DirecTV more
attractive to new subscribers. Cable TV still makes up about 80 percent
of the total pay-TV audience.
The question audio-video
enthusiasts want to have answered is will News Corp provide more HDTV
programming via satellite? Currently, their $10.99 per month HDTV
package is a nice offering of stations (HDNet, ESPN, Discovery HD and
more) but cable systems in major cities like New York and Los Angeles
offer significantly more channels. If you just purchased a ...