Fox, DirecTV extend carriage talks

Fox Networks Group (FNG) Latin America announced it has extended negotiations on a new carriage deal with DirecTV, until Friday, February 3. Previously, the deadline had been set for January 31.

Last week, FNG had announced that after several months of negotiations, it had not yet reached an agreement to renew its carriage agreements with DirecTV. “If the necessary conditions are not met, the transmission of the contents will be interrupted at the end of January”, said the company at the time.

In a new statement, FNG now confirmed that “in order to reach an agreement” with the operator, the company “will extend the deadline until Friday, February 3.”

The negotiations involves all DirecTV Latin America operations, which include Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil (Sky) and parts of the Caribbean. However, Sky Mexico, whose majority stake belongs to Televisa (59%), is not affected.

Last week, the DTH operator expressed its intention to maintain Fox channels in the service. “We are working to make sure these channels will remain available to clients. We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work to solve this issue quickly and reasonably”, the company said in a statement.

Unless an agreement is reached, DirecTV customers will lose access to popular series such as “The Walking Dead”, “The Simpsons”, “Vikings”, “Homeland” and the upcoming “The Young Pope” or “Taboo”.