Triangle cable-TV viewers could start a new year without channels such as FX, Fuel, Speed TV and Fox Soccer.
Media giants News Corp. and Time Warner Cable are fighting over money, and the dispute could lead to some Fox channels going dark on Jan. 1. The two companies are still in negotiations and their current contract expires Dec. 31.
News Corp. today began warning Time Warner Cable customers about the "very likely possibility" that they will lose access to Fox programming.
In some markets where News Corp. owns the local Fox stations, the dispute could affect Fox's flagship channel, home to popular shows such as "Glee," "House" and "American Idol."
But the Triangle's Fox 50 affiliate is owned by Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting and is not part of the dispute, said Time Warner Cable spokeswoman Melissa Buscher.
The bickering could lead to local cable customers losing other channels owned by News Corp., including FX, home to shows such as "Nip/Tuck," "Damages" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Other Fox channels include Fuel, Speed TV, Fox Reality and Fox Sports World Espanol.