Cox Communications and Fox Regional Sports Networks Renew Distribution Agreement
ATLANTA, Dec 3, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cox Communications, Inc. and Fox Cable Networks today announced they have signed an agreement renewing Cox's carriage of Fox's Regional Sports Networks in several markets. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fox's six regional sports channels included in this six-year deal will continue to be distributed on Cox's standard cable lineup, its most popular and widely distributed package of channels. The agreement covers approximately 3.3 million Cox customers in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., Oklahoma City, Okla., New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., Omaha, Neb., San Diego, Calif., Macon, Ga., as well as other markets in Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and North Carolina.
"We are pleased to have completed the deal with Fox. This agreement is a fair deal for our customers, as well as for both Cox and Fox," said Bob Wilson, Cox's Vice President of Programming.
"FSN has always been interested in making our regional networks, and the teams they carry, available to local viewers," said Fox Sports Networks Chief Operating Officer Randy Freer. "We've arrived at an agreement that's fair for both parties, and look forward to continuing a productive relationship with Cox, its customers and our viewers."
The renewal, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2004, is for Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Rocky Mountain and Fox Sports West (San Diego only).
Cox Communications (NYSE: COX), a Fortune 500 company, is a multi-service broadband communications company with approximately 6.5 million total customers, including 6.3 million basic cable subscribers. The nation's fourth-largest cable television provider, Cox offers both analog cable television under the Cox Cable brand as well as advanced digital video service under the Cox Digital Cable brand. Cox provides an array of other communications and entertainment services, including local and long distance telephone under the Cox Digital Telephone brand; high-speed Internet access under the Cox High Speed Internet brand; and commercial voice and data services via Cox Business Services. Local cable advertising, promotional opportunities and production services are sold under the Cox Media(SM) brand. Cox is an investor in programming networks including Discovery Channel. More information about Cox Communications can be accessed on the Internet at www.cox.com.
Fox Cable Networks provides the nation's broadband operators access to numerous national and regional programming networks, including: FX, Fox Sports Net and its 11 owned-and-operated Fox Sports Net regional sports networks, National Geographic Channel, Speed Channel, Fuel, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Sports World, Fox Sports en Espanol, Fox Sports Digital Networks and related interactive television and broadband services. Together, Fox Cable Networks are distributed to over 300 million subscribers and represent one of the television industry's most diverse portfolios of global, national, regional, local and personal programming services.
SOURCE: Cox Communications, Inc.
Cox Communications, Atlanta (Media Contact) Bobby Amirshahi, 404-353-7138 (mobile) or Amy Cohn, 404-843-5769 or Fox Cable Networks Kelsey Martinez, 310-779-2502 (mobile) or Fox Sports Networks Lou D'Ermilio, 212-556-2573