Cablevision subscribers shut out for game one of World Series
Cablevision viewers won't be able to watch the first game of the World Series on Wednesday, after Fox rejected the cable service's offer for retransmission fees.
The negotiation breakdown has cut off nearly 3 million viewers from Fox shows for 11 days and has sparked a debate over whether federal regulators should intervene in such disputes.
Fox parent company News Corp. said in a statement that Cablevision's offer was "incomplete" and "not acceptable." The broadcasters said Cablevision sought a discounted "package rate" that didn't include a full bundle of channels from Fox. But Fox was only willing to offer the full bundled package or a deal to take just WNYW FOX5, WTXF FOX29 and WWOR My9.
"Cablevision’s offer – sent to the press just as it was provided to us – is yet another in a long line of publicity stunts," Fox said.
Cablevision said in an earlier press release that it had come back to the negotiating table with a higher offer -- to take Fox shows at around the same rate being paid by Time Warner Cable.
“It is now clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that News Corp. is operating in bad faith," Cablevision said. "We call on the FCC to intervene immediately to restore the Fox signals to Cablevision’s 3 million homes and order News Corp. to agree to binding arbitration to resolve this conflict.”
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| October 27, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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