StarHub and Fox Networks Group agree on a pay-TV deal

StarHub and Fox Networks Group (FNG) reached a new agreement last Friday, allaying customer fears which could have seen more than 20 channels cut from the pay-TV network.

The telco confirmed the movement to Marketing, stating that a deal will be signed at the end of the week. The update follows recent reports noting the extended talks between the rights holder and broadcaster. The deal had initially expired last Wednesday but the channels affected were not taken off the air as the deadline was extended to Friday.

StarHub previously said that it would also be run crawlers on the FNG channels to give customer notice in the event that talks are unsuccessful.

Marketing understands that Singtel has yet to strike a new deal with FNG, with its current deal slated to end next month. Marketing has also reached out to Singtel for a statement.

The news also follows recent confirmation that StarHub axed eight of its channels under the FNG label which will no longer be part of its pay-TV package from end of the month.

The channels, according to an article on ST, are music channels Nat Geo Music, Channel V, Channel V Mainland China, and Channel V Taiwan; non-fiction channel National Geographic Channel HD; and Mandarin entertainment channel Xing Kong.