DirecTV and FOX Come to Terms, UFC Fans Rejoice

Written by Tom Ngo
October 31st, 2011

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A warning had been issued over the last couple of weeks that DirecTV subscribers would no longer have access to FOX programming starting tomorrow. With the ink on their new broadcasting contract with FOX just having barely dried, UFC president Dana White didn’t break a sweat when probed about the drama over the weekend by suggesting, “They’ll figure it out.”

On Monday afternoon, White’s prophecies proved true as DirecTV announced they had finally come to terms with FOX on an extension.

“Fox Networks and DirecTV have reached an agreement for DirecTV to continue carrying all Fox Networks (including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, SPEED, FUEL TV, FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes), Fox’s regional sports networks, Fox Broadcasting (FOX), the FOX local stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network,” DirecTV expressed in a statement. “We both know the past ten days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.”

As part of the UFC’s partnership with FOX and their family of networks, FX will start hosting “The Ultimate Fighter” in the Spring of 2012. For the first time in the reality show’s history, each elimination bout will air on live TV.

FX will broadcast those scraps on Friday nights.

In addition, “Ultimate Insider makes its debut on FUEL TV this January.

Newly-signed Jon Anik will rock the mic for all UFC programs on FX and FUEL TV.

DirecTV is the world’s leading provider of digital television. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, the satellite giant provides digital services to 19.43 million subscribers in the United States and 10.6 million customers in Latin America.

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