Lose Fox on Bright House Networks? There are alternatives

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The clock is ticking, and Fox is ready to pull the plug on its channels on Bright House Networks at the stroke of midnight tomorrow.

Orlando attorney John Morgan took the mammoth media company to court today to try to stop it from cutting off its signals for the cable system. But, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Fox countered that a Florida court was not the right one to hear this issue since some of Fox’s channels are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. Therefore, the media company’s attorney argued, this issue should be taken up in federal court. Morgan countered that this was just a stall tactic by Fox. Read the full story here.

Assuming the two sides do no reach agreement on retransmission compensation, Bright House customers may be without Fox 35, MyNetwork 65, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Florida and other Fox-owned channels as early as New Year’s Day. So, if you have Bright House, what should you do? Here are some tips on how to get Fox channels and programming:

First, if you have a digital television — one that gets HD signals — relax. You can easily pick up WOFL-Fox 35 and WRBW-My 65 with an indoor rabbit-ears¬†antenna.

If you have an old analog TV, don’t panic. All you need is a digital converter box. These will run you between $40 and $55. Click here to see examples from Best Buy. With one of these boxes, you can pull in all the local stations — including Fox — with an indoor rabbit-ears antenna.

OK, so you’re set for all the BCS bowl games — including Tim Tebow’s finale as the Florida Gators face the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl. What about those Orlando Magic games on Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida?

To get them, you’re going to either (a) have to find someone who has a television provider other than Bright House, (b) sign up with one of those providers or (c) find a sports bar that doesn’t use Bright House.

For you home programming, choices include Dish Network and DirecTV¬†for satellite. (By the way, Fox and DirecTV are owned by the same company, so chances are you will never lose any Fox programming on DirecTV). In some areas of Central Florida, there is another option: AT&T’ U-verse service.

Like all disagreements, this one will come to an end at somepoint. Hopefully, you won’t miss to many of your favorite shows or sports events.

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4 Comments

  1. For the record, Directv is part of The Directv Group, which, in turn, is part of Liberty Media. Fox, Fox Networks, News Corp and/or Rupert Murdoch no longer have direct stakes in Directv.

  2. Directv is no longer owned by newscorp and you are forgetting something else Comcast has cable systems in many parts of Central FL including co located in some BHN territories, but free over the air is best alternative.

  3. PLEASE DON’T LET FOX GET IT’S WAY. THEY ARE JUST LIKE A TERRORIST GROUP AND WE SHOULD NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORIST. I HAVE BRIGHT HOUSE AND I WON’T PAY $1 FOR FOX. I HOPE ALL THE ADVERTISERS PULL THEIR AD’S BECAUSE OF HOW MANY PEOPLE WON’T BE SEEING THEIR STATIONS ON CABLE. JUST THINK OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAS TIME WARNER AND BRIGHT HOUSE CABLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. I FOR ONE DON’T THINK IF IT IS A FREE OVER THE AIR STATION THEN WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR CRAPPY PROGRAMING. I SAY LET THEM GO..SOME OTHER STATION WILL FILL IN WERE FOX LEFT OFF. IT WOULD BE LIKE IF FOX WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. AND I HOPE AFTER THIS STUNT THEY ARE PULLING THEY DO. I WON’T MISS THEM AT ALL.

  4. John Morgan going to court over this. Amazing what people will hire a lawyer. The man claiming his life will be ruined by not seeing this game. Buy an antenna for a lot less than you paid Morgan.

    This really shows the ridiculousness of our society. This is a business decision, and if you do not like it, show it. The fact that people now think they have the right to sue over television is absurd.

    Both Brighthouse and Fox do no favors for anyone, they are both there to maximize profits. If you do not like that fact, start a non-profit television service provider.

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