Cablevision: You Can Watch Fox Illegally
Washington, D.C. (October 26,
Is Cablevision alerting subscribers that they can watch Fox
programming on illegal web sites?
That's a charge outlined in an article today by the New York
Since October 15, Cablevision has been unable to offer local Fox
channels because the cable operator has not been able to reach a
new programming pact with the network. The dispute has become
heated over the last two weeks, with both sides accusing the
other of being at fault.
However, the allegation that a Cablevision customer service rep
advised a customer to seek out an illegal web site to watch Fox
is arguably the most serious charge yet. The customer, as it
turns out, was a Fox employee.
The Daily News says it obtained an audio tape that includes the
conversation. (The paper does not say from whom it obtained the
tape.) The tape also has the customer rep saying Cablevision has
a "team" in place to find other ways for subscribers to watch
Fox for free.
According to the newspaper, the conversation went like this:
"Is there anyplace I can get
these games?" the customer asks.
The customer rep first suggests the customer get an off-air
antenna which could pull the local signal legally. But then he
adds that there are two web sites where the customer can get Fox
local programming illegally.
"You can watch them online," the rep says. "You know about
He adds: "Thank God for the Internet, right?"
The Daily News reports that Cablevision would not confirm
whether the conversation took place.
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