One America News loses Verizon TV deal, requests access to Comcast or Charter

Zoom / Screenshot from One America News Network’s press kit.

One America News Network

One America News Network is about to lose its last major TV distributor. After being removed from DirecTV in early April, the right-wing network was still broadcasting on Verizon Fios. But with the channel transfer contract expiring at the end of July, Verizon has confirmed that the two sides will not come to an agreement.

“Our negotiations with OAN have been typical business-as-usual transfer negotiations like those that routinely occur between content distributors and content providers. These negotiations focused on the economy, as always, but OAN failed to agree on fair terms,” Verizon said in a statement. Presented to Ars last night. “Because we were unable to reach an agreement, effective July 31, 2022, we will no longer have the right to provide our customers with these programs, and they will be removed from the Fios TV list.”

Verizon also confirmed the removal on July 31 in an update posted to its website, which notes that “simultaneous broadcasters and cable networks are asking for unacceptable rate increases” that can increase customers’ monthly TV bills. We contacted OAN about its removal from Verizon last night and will update this article if we get a response.

OAN’s exclusion from major TV providers followed pressure from advocacy groups that suggested OAN was a “key supporter of the Stop the Steal movement” and that it had spread “election fraud lies that claimed the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump”. Stock[ed] Violent calls for an attack on the US Capitol, “and spreading “misinformation about COVID-19.” US Representatives Anna Esho (D-CA) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) last year questioned AT&T, Verizon and other TV providers about why they carried OAN. and Newsmax and Fox News.

“We are concerned about the role Verizon plays in spreading misinformation to its millions of Fios TV subscribers,” said Eshow/McNearney’s letter to Verizon.

OAN makes desperate pleas to viewers

OAN is becoming increasingly desperate in its attempts to stay on top of the major TV providers. OAN owner Herring Networks sued DirecTV and its largest owner AT&T in March, saying it may have to shut down due to lost revenue from DirecTV’s decision to scrap the network.

OAN also urged customers of Comcast and Charter Spectrum to ask the country’s two largest cable companies to broadcast the channel. “OAN has been trying for years to get Comcast and Charter Spectrum TV. You’re stuck paying for LIBERAL’s major media news. However, OAN asks for less than 1/5The tenth From MSNBC’s rater, “The message we saw on OAN yesterday reads:

The letter, which provides phone numbers to call the cable companies, reads, “Time to tell Comcast & Charter Spectrum that you want to add OAN to your channel list. Call today!”

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