Will DirecTV drop Newsmax?

Article originally appeared on www.nexttv.com.

Conservative news network Newsmax might be dropped from DirecTV this week, in a move that House Republicans are saying they will investigate although the pay TV provider said the motivation is saving costs.

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DirecTV said it has been carrying Newsmax on its satellite TV service, DirecTV Stream and U-verse TV platforms at no cost to customers because Newsmax has not been charging a fee to carry the channel. That allows Newsmax the ability to generate advertising revenue.

“However the network is now seeking significant fees that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base,” DirecTV said.

After losing 500,000 subscribers in the third quarter, DirecTV has about 13.3 million customers.

If Newsmax insists on receiving a fee, it could be dropped from DirecTV. That could happen as soon as Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

The dispute has reached Washington, D.C., where freshman Rep. …

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