OVERNIGHT TECH: Midnight deadline in DirecTV, Fox dispute

THE LEDE: Beginning at midnight, DirecTV's 20 million subscribers could lose access to several Fox channels, including FX, National Geographic and Fox Sports networks unless the two companies can agree to a new contract.

Update: Fox Networks and DIRECTV reached an agreement Monday evening for DIRECTV to continue carrying all Fox Networks (including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, FOX Deportes etc.).

In recent weeks, DirecTV and Fox have waged public relations campaigns aimed at pinning the blame for the impasse on each other. DirecTV claims that Fox wants a 40 percent increase in the fees that the satellite provider pays to carry its channels. Fox says that claim is false, and has aired ads with television stars urging subscribers to contact DirecTV or to switch to another provider. According to a video on DirecTV's website, it already pays nearly a billion dollars a year to carry Fox channels.

DirecTV filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission last week alleging that Fox's ads are misleading because they warn that customers "soon could even lose" their local Fox broadcast station. Local Fox stations and Fox News are covered under a separate agreement that does not expire until Dec. 31.

ICE seizes sites for selling fake sports memorabilia: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement announced the seizure of 58 domains as part of "Operation Strike Out," timed to coincide with the recently-concluded World Series. The seized domains were all commercial websites that sold illegal, counterfeit sports paraphernalia. Federal agents made undercover purchases of sport jerseys from online retailers and seized 5,347 items with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $134,862. The seizures were the seventh set announced under Operation in Our Sites, the Obama administration's aggressive enforcement campaign to target online piracy and counterfeiting.


The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Crime subpanel will hold a morning hearing on combating international organized crime. The Obama administration has pushed to update the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which is used to prosecute organized crime, to include hacking and other computer-related offenses.  

A diverse coalition of businesses and public interest organizations will launch Tuesday with an aim of safeguarding the future of broadcast television. A lunchtime press conference to announce the Future of TV Coalition at the National Association of Broadcasters will include NAB President Gordon Smith, former Atlanta Mayor and Bounce TV co-founder Andrew Young, Vme Media President Carmen DeRienzo and Gannett Broadcasting President Dave Lougee.


A new online piracy bill unveiled in the House last week would stifle innovation and create a regulatory "nightmare" for Web and social media firms, according to three prominent technology industry advocacy groups.

The Federal Communications Commission declined a request from a public interest group on Friday to publicly reveal when its employees are in talks to take a job with an outside company.

Wireless company LightSquared is arguing that the fact that senior executives of GPS-maker Trimble sold millions of dollars of stocks earlier this year shows that the executives knew their devices are at fault for interference problems with LightSquared's network.

This post was updated at 6:33 p.m.