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Cablevision Makes Peace w/Fox; Then Blasts 'Em
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (October 31, 2010) -- Cablevision last night settled its impasse with Fox Networks, allowing the cable operator's three million subscribers to once again watch local Fox programming and other Fox channels.

However, after the deal was signed, Cablevision blasted Fox, saying the network has now forced the cable company's subscribers to pay more for programming. Additionally, the cable operator said some of the Fox channels in the deal are not even worth watching. However, Cablevision said Fox forced it to carry them as part of the agreement.

"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," a Cablevision press release stated.

The company added: "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 could have been referring to Fox Business Channel, Fox Desportes and National Geographic Wild which were included in the new agreement.

Cablevision also criticized the Federal Communication Commission for failing to intervene in the fight, as requested by Cablevision. The cable operator said it was making the deal with Fox "in the absence of any meaningful action from the FCC."

The cable operator did thank "the 175 government leaders who...urged government intervention and binding arbitration to prevent this blackout. It is clear the retransmission consent system is badly broken and needs to be fixed."

As for Fox, the company issued a terse statement simply saying a new deal had been reached. It did not comment on the negotiations or other issues.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064.

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