DirecTV, DISH and Time Warner Cable avoided what could have been an unpopular standoff with Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday night after coming to a tentative agreement to carry the new 24-hour sports network when it launches Saturday morning.
Those three distributors are worth 46 million potential viewers alone, according to data from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
21st Century Fox, the channel's parent company, and the carriers were likely haggling still over carriage fees. According to reports, they were asking 80 cents per subscriber, according to reports.
Considering ESPN recieves $5 per set of eyes from cable systems, FS1 would seem like a bargain for programming that includes college football, NASCAR, ultimate fighting and other popular sports.
Ultimately, Fox is hoping that the new channel will compete with the worldwide leader.