Fox, Cablevision Dispute Stretches Into 5th Day

NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) — The dispute between Fox and Cablevision that has left 3 million cable subscribers in the New York area without Fox programming has stretched into its fifth day.

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Fox, owned by News Corp., said talks with Cablevision Systems Corp. were to resume Wednesday. Cablevision reiterated calls for binding arbitration to resolve the dispute, something Fox has resisted.

The dispute over how much Cablevision will pay to carry the network on its lineup has led to the highest-profile blackout over broadcast fees in years. It has left Cablevision subscribers without access to the baseball playoffs including the Yankees/Rangers games, New York Giants games and the medical drama “House.”

Unless there’s a deal by Wednesday night, subscribers will miss the fourth National League Championship Series game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies.

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  • C.J.

    I really miss watching Ines Rosales and Julie Chang every morning on good day New York.

  • Selina

    Fox programming has been in the pits for years, anyway! My9? Who watches that? Fox? What’s on there? House is about the only thing I watch, Football and NASCAR, all of which I can live without. Hey – there’s always HULU!! Yes, I know, Newscorp cut off the programming on HULU if you have IO for the internet, but they got shot down on that one. Now, how does that make Cablevision greedy again? Fox and My9 can both vanish and be replaced by something else, wouldn’t bother me one bit!

    • Suckerconsumer

      I agree. But cablevision should give us a refund/rebate – two less channels we get but still pay the same price. They won’t, you know Cablevision will just pocket the money from its own customers.

  • Joe

    Fox should have also taken Fox News off the air.

  • gail

    they are both greedy holding the consumer hostage. its dispicanle. i am sick and tied of every few months being without channels because of these disputes

  • Steven B.

    I hold Cablevision responsible for this mess. It is Cablevision that could have stopped playing chicken with Fox and found a way to keep the signal on during negotiations. I am planning a switch to Fios.

    • Jon

      It is actually News Corp that will not allow its programming to be aired during negotiations. BTW, Fox is asking for more money than ABC, CBS, NBC combined!!!

  • linda

    I don’t care when Fox comes back to Cablevision,I will never watch another Fox show

  • jeannie

    it a shame that has a viewer we are punished. we pay some much for service already and they still want more… when is its going to end.. the poor get poorer and and the rich just keep getting richer….. Can we get a breakkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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