Why Newsmax Was Dropped by DirecTV

DirecTV said it would have liked to continue offering the channel, but that Newsmax demanded a fee—as other major news channels do—to supplement advertising revenue. The channel and a raft of GOP congressmen have claimed the channel was “de-platformed” for being a conservative outlet.

“On multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted to continue to offer the network,” a DirecTV spokesperson said in a statement. “But ultimately, Newsmax’s demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base.”

The lawmakers accused DirecTV of “actively working to limit conservative viewpoints on its system” which “suppresses political discourse and hamstrings our ability to connect with our constituents.”


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