BOISE - The Boise State-Washington game Aug. 31 in Seattle will air on the new 24-hour Fox sports channel, but possibly not in all homes in the Boise market.
Earlier this week, SportsBusiness Journal reported that Fox has not reached carriage agreements with DirecTV and DISH, though Fox executives are confident everything will work out in time.
On the other hand, we're less than a month away from the Aug. 17 debut - and DirecTV customers still don't have the Pac-12 Networks, which launched last August. Cable One, which operates in the Boise market, has not reached an agreement to air the Fox channel, Boise General Manager Celynda Roach said, but she expects an agreement before the Boise State-Washington game.
Fox Sports 1 would be available on the Cable One digital value pack, Roach said. I
t was widely assumed that FS1 would slide into the soon-to-be-defunct Speed channel's spot in the lineup.
However, according to the SBJ report, a new FS1 rate fee is "slowing the process."
SBJ reported distributors pay about 23 cents per subscriber per month for Speed, and that Fox is seeking 80 cents to start out with for FS1. Given that FS1 has much more programming to offer, that isn't surprising.
It also isn't comforting for distributors and customers who are becoming increasingly frustrated over rising cable costs.