Fox Sports 1 has struck distribution deals with three major distributors that will ensure that the new cable network will be available in the majority of pay-TV homes when the network launches this Saturday, people familiar with the matter said.The three carriers -- satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish and cable operator Time Warner Cable -- all have agreed to carry Fox Sports 1. Those three distributors combined reach over 40 million homes.
The Pac-12 has already faced a slight PR hit with no deal happening with DirecTV in the foreseeable future. While the network has been substantially successful in its first season on the air, DirecTV is the final frontier in this battle. But now they only have to worry about winning this front.