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MEDIAWEEK NOTES: FOX SPORTS WORLD MAY NOT BE SO WIDE
Published November 5, 1997
Fox/Liberty Networks launched Fox Sports World last weekend, but it "could be some time before many viewers will be able to watch the network," according to Richard Katz of MEDIAWEEK. MSO operators, "smarting from recent tough sales tactics on behalf of Fox/Liberty's regional sports channels," said that they "are not overly bullish" on the new channel. MediaOne Programming Dir Rob Stengle: "I think they might be a tad shy about coming to us after jamming us with massive rate increases on regional sports networks." Stengle also "expressed reservations" over the new network's "programming quality." However, Fox/Liberty Exec VP Rich Battista said that he is "confident" that cable operators won't punish Fox Sports World for the "deeds of its sister networks" (Richard Katz, MEDIAWEEK, 11/3 issue) "SUNDAY TICKET" COULD COST MORE: The threat of a "sharp escalation" in copyright costs to all DBS providers "could put a damper on the industry's collective growth," according to Michael Burgi of MEDIAWEEK. DBS "could be hit by a move last week by the Librarian of Congress to quadruple the fees it pays broadcast networks and superstations" from the current $.07 a subscriber to $.27. Burgi writes if the DBS industry "sees its costs go up, it will likely pass those costs onto subscribers" (MEDIAWEEK, 11/3 issue).