Former President Donald Trump, known for his gluttonous diet of TV news, will have trouble finding one of his favorite channels on the right, One America News Network, in a few months.
Satellite TV provider DirecTV, OAN’s largest distributor, said it dumped the news network on Friday, Bloomberg reported. DirecTV’s decision is a major blow to OAN, which is not available on any other major US television supplier, but it is not exactly a shock. OAN basically defendant its way into DirecTV in 2017 and has been under increased scrutiny since then spits out lies, promotion conspiracy theories, and incitement to violence.
DirecTV confirmed that they dropped OAN, part of Herring Networks, in a statement to Gizmodo on Friday. In addition to OAN, Herring Networks also owns the lifestyle and entertainment channel A wealth of entertainment, or AWE, which is aimed at the ultra-rich.
“We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” a DirecTV spokesman said in an email.
Both channels will disappear from the supplier’s offer in early April when the contract ends, according to Bloomberg.
DirecTV’s announcement is the latest move in the strange and suspicious saga between AT&T and OAN. To begin with, DirecTV is partly owned by AT&T, which allegedly provided Herring Networks buckets of money to create OAN. Moreover, a Reuters investigation from October last year indicates that Herring Networks may be in serious financial trouble in light of DirecTV’s decision. The network’s lawyer said in 2020 that if OAN’s contract was not renewed by DirecTV, “the company would go out of business tomorrow.”
Gizmodo contacted OAN on Saturday to comment on DirecTV’s decision, but did not hear a response before the time of publication. We will update this article if anyone comes back to us.
When April comes, OAN will be hard to find on TV. It was never picked up by other three major suppliers in the USA: Comcast, Charter Communications, or Dish Network. On his website, OAN tells viewers that they can watch on a KlowdTV for $ 4.99 or $ 9.99 per month, as well as on Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink PRISM, GCI and Vidgo.
Besides Verizon FiOS, I have never heard of the other vendors and would probably think they were spam or full of malicious software if I did not write this article. (If they are not spam or malicious software, I’m sorry).
Media Matters, a progressive United States media research and information center, Gizmodo said in a statement that DirecTV made responsible decision to drop the OAN, calling the network “a cauldron of misinformation and extremism.”
“Now that OAN’s anchor distributor has dropped them, Verizon FiOS (OAN’s other major distributor) should follow suit,” said Media Matters President Angelo Carusone. “And absolutely no other cable providers should pick them up.”
Gizmodo contacted Verizon to inquire about the future of OAN on Verizon FiOS, but has not heard back yet.