Cablevision Makes Peace w/Fox; Then Blasts 'Em
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.
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
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."
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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