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Fox Back On Cablevision

The two-week stalemate was settled Saturday night.

Cablevision Systems Corp. on Saturday reached a deal in principle that puts Fox programming back in the living rooms of 3 million households in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 

The 16-day stalemate kept subscribers from being able to watch the National League Championship Series, the first two games of the World Series and one New York Giants football game.

Even after the deal was struck, acrimony remained. In a statement, Cablevision said it overpaid Fox's parent, News Corp. The Bethpage-based cable provider also took a swipe at the FCC.

"In the absence of any meaningful action from the FCC, Cablevision has agreed to pay Fox an unfair price for multiple channels of its programming including many in which our customers have little or no interest.  Cablevision conceded because it does not think its customers should any longer be denied the Fox programs they wish to see," the statement read.

Cablevision added "It is clear the retransmission consent system is badly broken and needs to be fixed."

Cablevision had been paying News Corp. $70 million per year to carry Fox programming. News Corp. was asking for $150 million.

"In the end, our customers will pay more than they should for Fox programming, but less than they would have if we had accepted the unprecedented rates News Corp. was demanding when they pulled their channels off Cablevision," Cablevision stated.

Terms of the deal were not released.

The agreement means Sunday's Halloween football game between the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers will be available, as is tonight's World Series tilt between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants.

Taylor K. Vecsey October 31, 2010 at 01:05 AM
Sixteen days was a little too long, right? What did you miss the most?
Papa Tom October 31, 2010 at 02:03 AM
Didn't miss a thing. These channels are obsolete as far as I'm concerned. But Cablevision should get an award for the brilliantly criminal way they disguise their rate hikes as "negotiations" with evil vendors such as FOX. All this was about was raising rates and passing the blame onto someone else. The first chance I get, I am OUT of this Cablevision deal.
Bob October 31, 2010 at 04:37 PM
I don't understand why we have to pay to get a free channel when we watch on cable. The FCC should set a minimal retransmission fee for any free, over the air channels and then we won't have this problem.
CommackMom October 31, 2010 at 08:39 PM
Very disappointed in the way CV handled the situation. Fox and My9 are absolutely no loss to us. We don't watch a single program on either channel. That being said, CV seems to have just thrown in the towel on this one. By their own admission, "our customers will pay more than they should for Fox programming, but less than they would have if we had accepted the unprecedented rates News Corp. was demanding..." So, is this suppose to make me feel good? In other words, they are telling us, 'oh well, you'll be paying more BUT...it could've been worse." Nope. Not happy. They let us down and failed to act in our best interest. BTW, can we expect any credit on our next bill for the sixteen days of programming we didn't get...
Linda L Manning-Koziatek, REALTOR, LSA, CSA November 01, 2010 at 01:59 AM
I blame the FCC for doing away with "over the air waves" towers, whereas, we HAD to get cable lines, or the dish, etc. These 2 giants should have gone to the table WAY before it got down to the last minute before it impacted us, the viewers. Especially when we should be getting these BASIC channels for free, anyway! To make us call and log on to web sites - that's not our job to negotiate and straighten the mess out. The FCC should have been brought in BEFORE WE had to know about this. It seems the timing was was not considered or thought of prior to this deadline coming up? Or a wait and see attitude was taken? Just wait 'til the last minute to see if it works out? Then, as usual, we end up as the victims. Just like Disney took away Channel 7 and another time, HGTV and the Food Network was taken away, too. I know there will be no credits issued because you'll be told it was all NewsCorp's fault and they had no control over it....please. They have to be more aware and be on the ball. Any other channels in jeopardy - negotiate before-hand, please!!! And it's a shame the customer service representatives have to take the BRUNT of it and get yelled at! I know, I have friends there. They are there just trying to do their job & getting cursed at, like they did it! Well, I want to end on a good note so I'm glad the channels are back! I've said my piece....

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