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Fox, Cablevision Suspend Negotiations Over Dispute

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Cablevision and Fox Logos - Photos: AP, Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Cablevision and Fox Logos – Photos: AP, Vince Bucci/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (AP) — Cablevision and Fox parent News Corp. have walked away from the negotiating table for the evening.

That leaves 3 million customers in the New York metropolitan area with little hope of watching the first game of baseball’s National League Championship Series from their couch.

Cablevision spokesman Jim Maiella says both sides met for hours Saturday afternoon before walking away. He says negotiators plan to meet again Sunday.

The stalemate that led to Fox pulling its channels from Cablevision after midnight Friday was the latest in a series of programming fee disputes that have led to blackouts of programs such as the Oscars.

The American League Championship Series, which began Friday, is airing on TBS and isn’t affected by the dispute.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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