DirecTV Severs Ties With Right-wing Newsmax


DirecTV has faced backlash from GOP lawmakers who disagree with the television provider’s decision.

Newsmax’s version of events

Newsmax tells a somewhat different story than the one alleged by DirecTV. According to the conservative news outlet, the termination of carriage ultimately boils down to a “censorship move.”

The outlet then said DirecTV wouldn’t agree to a “cable license fee” because it needed to “[cut] costs.” Oddly enough, this seems to align with DirecTV’s claim that Newsmax’s requests for higher rates would hurt their bottom line.

Nevertheless, it is Newsmax’s view that DirecTV is engaging in “political discrimination,” per Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy.

The conservative news outlet also stressed that because of losing its carriage with DirecTV, millions of U-Verse and DirecTV Stream customers will no longer be able to access Newsmax.

What now?

It remains to be seen whether or not DirecTV and Newsmax will be able to mend their relationship later down the line and get back in business. Though, for the time being, it’s safe to say that Newsmax will need to find a new carrier.