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DirecTV Drops Newsmax As Conservative Lawmakers’ Protest – The Hollywood Reporter

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Conservative Network Newsmax This has been removed DirecTV Updated at 11:50 PM EST Tuesday.

DirecTV confirmed that the network was no longer being broadcast on DirecTV. Stream Or U-VerseWith the decision due to Newsmax’s “demands for rate increases.”

“On multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted to continue to offer the network, but ultimately Newsmax’s demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base. Anyone, including our customers, can watch the network for free via NewsmaxTV.com, YouTube.com and on multiple streaming platforms like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Google Play. We continually evaluate the most relevant programming to provide our customers and expect to fill this available channel with new content,” In a statement, a spokesperson for DirecTV said that.

The Satellite TV companies have been cutting costs as customers move away from linear television. In JanuaryAccording to the company, it would lay off 10% Management staff or more than 100 employees.

HoweverThe heads of Newsmax The move was rebuffed by the opposition. “censorship” Against the network “This is a blatant act of political discrimination and censorship against Newsmax,” Christopher RuddyCEO of Newsmax Statement.

“The most extreme liberal channels, even with tiny ratings, get fees from AT&T’s DirecTV, but Newsmax and OAN need to be de-platformed,” Ruddy added.

This comes after Republican Legislators wrote A letter to the CEO of DirecTV, as well as the CEOs of AT&T and private equity firm TPG CapitalThe company’s owners are Jan. 20 expressed concern about the removal Newsmax It made the decision to remove One America NewsLast year, it removed, another conservative network from its lineup.

“It is our understanding that DirecTV – still majority-owned by AT&T and minority-owned and managed by TPG Capital – is moving to de-platform Newsmax by denying it cable fees on a fair and equitable basis,” The letter was sent by the Congress Members reads. 

The DirecTV was accused by lawmakers of carrying 11 “liberal” News channels include Vice Media, which is a company it shares many board members with and which the members claim commands higher fees.

“Taken together these two actions lead us to believe that DirecTV, one of the nation’s largest Multichannel Video Programming Distributors, is actively working to limit conservative viewpoints on its system. This is extremely concerning for Members of Congress because it suppresses political discourse and hamstrings our ability to connect with our constituents,” The lawmakers agreed.

“Congress intends to conduct extensive oversight on the extent to which House Democrats and officials in federal offices colluded with private companies to limit, restrict, and circumvent First Amendment rights. These investigations will not be limited to social media companies,” It reads: 

DirecTV has responded to the complaint Jan. 23 saying that the company tried to continue carrying Newsmax At the same time.

“Let me begin by assuring you in no way is DIRECTV working to limit conservative viewpoints. DIRECTV’s fundamental value proposition to its customers is to offer a wide variety of programming options at prices that match our customers’ pocketbooks. That applies to our offerings of news channels as well,” It reads:

“We are not trying to de-platform Newsmax. To the contrary, we want to continue our carriage of Newsmax on the same terms as at present, and we have made that clear to Newsmax. We have been negotiating with Newsmax for months and, faced with an expiration of our current agreement, initiated a short- term extension to allow the parties additional time to come to an agreement. We continue to have discussions with Newsmax and are working in good faith to get to an agreement that we consider to be in the best interests of DIRECTV subscribers,” It continues.

Newsmax It positions itself as a potential competitor Fox News It has also hired several former hosts, including Heather Childers, Greg Kelly, Rob Schmitt Bob Sellers. It A strong advocate of the former President Donald Trump He broadcast false claims about the rigged 2020 election. Newsmax later apologized It claimed that certain individuals were involved. 

The conservative TV channel had Return to DirecTV In June 2017, after having been removed from the satellite network, and its competitor, DishIn 2016, At The time is now Newsmax The company urged its viewers not to hesitate to call Dish Ask them to bring it back. The Station had been  “placed among a suite of shopping channels,” It was therefore difficult to find, the channel claimed at the time.

“We are disappointed by DISH Network’s decision to stop carrying Newsmax TV. By doing so, DISH has closed down an important and independent news voice,” The Channel said At the time.

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