Fox, cable company dispute could affect 100,000 in Ky.

Nearly 100,000 cable customers in Kentucky could find themselves without several Fox-owned cable networks if Fox and Time Warner Cable continue a stalemate over fees.

Time Warner Cable, which operates in cities surrounding Lexington and elsewhere in the state, has balked at paying Fox what it deems excessive fees for certain Fox cable channels. If negotiations break down, Time Warner Cable customers wouldn't be able to see FX, Fuel, Fox Reality Channel, Speed Channel, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports World Español beginning Jan. 1.

The majority of those are only available to customers of digital cable, said Carla Deaton, government affairs manager for Time Warner Cable in Kentucky.

Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Ohio are not affected, she said, because the contracts for those two cable channels have not expired.

Also, Fox network programming is not affected as the Lexington affiliate is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has reached a one-year extension of its agreement with Time Warner Cable.