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WSU students looking for FOX football coverage
Published 9/18/2012 6:00:00 AM
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Students living in the dorms are unable to watch football and other programs on the FOX network due to a legal battle between Fox and DirecTV.

The Spokane broadcast for FOX had to be taken down while licensing negotiations with DirecTV continue, according to an explanation on WSU’s TV website, tv.wsu.edu.

The website offers alternative solutions for watching network television shows, but offers no solution for watching football.

Ed Deocampo / The Daily EvergreenWSU students gather at The Coug to watch Monday Night Football.

DirecTV also posted a statement regarding Northwest Broadcasting on its DirecTV Promise website, directvpromise.com, claiming the negotiations would resolve soon.

“The new FOX primetime line-up begins to roll out on Sept. 12 and 13, and it’s been just about the same time that Northwest took them down the first time, so we would anticipate them returning your local station soon,"the statement reads.

As a solution, the television company stated DirecTV customers who are also NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers would have access to Seattle Seahawks NFL games carried by FOX.

In its online statement, the company states,"Seahawk games are NOT blacked out on NFL SUNDAY TICKET in the local area serviced by Northwest Broadcasting."

NFL Sunday Ticket is a service offered for $39.99 a month.

Freshman communication major Jordan Pike said she noticed the problem when she couldn’t watch Seahawks games during the preseason.

“The first time I tried to watch the game I had to listen to it on AM radio from my computer,” Pike said. “The second time I tried to watch the game, I attempted to fix my cable box for two and a half hours and was unable to scan channels.”

“The university notified me via email that the Pac-12 network and FOX HD would be available on my cable box if I newly scanned my channels, and after requesting IT assistance they never showed up,” she said.

As for her own solution to the problem, Pike said she would find a place online to watch the game, or venture outside her dorm.

“I am going to either stream them from my laptop in my room every week, or I will spend my Sundays eating continual desserts in Southside (where the game was on TV),” she said.

Many Seahawks fans like Pike will be out of luck watching games on FOX if the problem persists, as the network broadcasts 12 of the 16 Seahawks regular season games this season.

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