DirecTV Threatens to Drop FOX Networks (Including FSNs) On November 1

From Fox Networks:

Despite Fox Networks’ offer of an extension during our ongoing negotiations, DirecTV has informed us and their customers that unless we agree to their demands, they “will suspend our networks on November 1.”

DirecTV sent us a proposal on Tuesday afternoon. They have given us no chance to respond before taking an unnecessarily aggressive posture and going public. It is disappointing that they have chosen bad faith tactics over meaningful negotiation.

We have proposed to keep the Fox Networks on DirecTV for the same price, and on the same terms as they are currently carried while we attempt to work out a fair agreement. Unfortunately, DirecTV has decided that unless they get their way, they are going to pull the plug on their customers November 1.


Colorado-Toronto Draws Weak Numbers on Monday, Still Up From 2010

Canadian teams are always a bit of a wild card when it comes to NHL TV ratings in the states, something proven yet again with VERSUS’ odd but appropriate early season choice of a Colorado-Toronto broadcast on Monday night.

The battle of surprising upstarts between the Avs and Leafs drew 218,000 viewers Monday night on VERSUS. While that may not sound like anything setting the world on fire, it was up 5% from last year’s comparable broadcast, which pitted Colorado against … the Rangers (209,000 viewers on 10/18/10). While that game was up against the Yankees in the ALCS, you still have a formidable hockey market in the US, whereas VERSUS does not broadcast in Toronto and their ratings wouldn’t count anyway.

The NHL Live post-game drew 103,000 viewers. That’s up 23% from Hockey Central after that Avs-Rangers game in 2010. Interesting that since the reformat of the show, NHL Live is holding on to more hockey fans than Hockey Central was. NHL Live retained 47% of the game’s average viewers, whereas Hockey Central kept just 38%. NHL Overtime at 10:30 p.m. ET drew 53,000 viewers.

VERSUS Numbers From Monday Night

5:00 p.m. ET, College Football Talk37,000
6:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Talk41,000
7:00 p.m. ET, NHL Live 55,000
7:30 p.m. ET, Colorado vs. Toronto – 218,000
10:00 p.m. ET, NHL Live 103,000
10:30 p.m. ET, NHL Overtime 53,000

(Source: The Voice of TV)