DIRECTV and Newsmax Reach Multi-Year Distribution Deal to Resume Programming

After a recent disagreement over financial terms, DIRECTV and Newsmax Media, Inc. have announced a multi-year distribution deal that will return the Newsmax channel to DIRECTV, DIRECTV STREAM and U-verse on March 23, 2023, according to Newsmax.

The loss of the Newsmax channel from DIRECTV’s programming was the result of the inability of the two companies to come to an agreement on the financial terms to extend their carriage agreement.

Unfortunately, such disputes are not uncommon in the pay-TV industry and often leave customers caught in the middle.

However, Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, expressed appreciation for DIRECTV’s support of diverse voices, including conservative ones, stating, “As a standalone company, DIRECTV gave Newsmax its start nearly a decade ago as it continues to do with upcoming news networks, which is why we are pleased to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that will deliver our network to DIRECTV, DIRECTV STREAM and U-verse customers over the next several years.”

The agreement also marks DIRECTV’s commitment to delivering a wide range of programming and perspectives to its customers, as noted by Bill Morrow, Chief Executive Officer for DIRECTV, who said, “This resolution with Newsmax, resolving an all-too-common carriage dispute, underscores our dedication to delivering a wide array of programming and perspectives to all our customers. Through our persistent negotiations, we reached a resolution under mutually-agreeable business terms allowing us to deliver the conservative news network at the right value – a reflection of the free market at work.”

Newsmax will be available at no additional cost to customers, rejoining the diversified news lineup of six 24/7 news networks, which includes CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NewsNation, and The First, the news outlet notes.

The renewed distribution deal between DIRECTV and Newsmax is a positive step forward in delivering a wide range of programming to customers and resolving disputes in the pay TV industry.