Scripps Pulls HGTV, Food Network From Cablevision's Menu
Affects 3 million subscribers in N.Y., N.J., Conn.
By Mike Reynolds, Multichannel News -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/1/2010 11:58:34 AM
In a statement issued at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, Scripps said the channels "went off the air on Cablevision systems in New York City, Long Island and the Tri-State Region at midnight New Year's Eve after the cable operator failed to negotiate acceptable rates for the programming distribution rights."
On Cablevision Systems in New Jersey, the MSO is running this message on both HGTV and Food: "We wanted to keep bringing you these channels. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more visit www.cablevision.com/scripps. Why? Cablevision has tried to reach a fair agreement."
A similar message was running on Cablevision's system reaching Westchester County, New York.
Scripps has been reportedly seeking significant increases in carriage fees for Food, which according to SNL Kagan was receiving on average about 9 cents per subscriber per month. The higher rated HGTV was receiving about 12 cents per month, according to SNL Kagan. At the UBS Global Media and Communications conference last month, Scripps Networks chairman and CEO Ken Lowe had said the programmer would seek substantial increases for Food Network.
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My family and I are extremely dissapointed.The Food Network has been a major part of our household for many years. We did not receive any warning about this matter which made it even more devastating.I'm looking forward to a resolution in the near future so we can watch our favorite cooking shows. Thank you, The Miller family
Karen Miller - 1/3/2010 9:45:16 AM EST
I really enjoyed hgtv and reaaly mad that it was taken off the air at mid night Happy New Year cable custmors. it's a shame you can't work things out with eachother like tw and fox did. and cable we pay enough you should take better care to get both back i watch hgtv all the time and i'm really really mad. stop being so greedy greedy greedy greedy. JoAnne
JoAnne Opava - 1/2/2010 2:29:18 PM EST
Richard - 1/2/2010 2:07:13 PM EST
Joan Duda - 1/1/2010 1:52:41 PM EST
The only networks I view daily are The Food Network and HGTV. I will check into satellite tv if this issue is not resolved soon. I am extremely unhappy!!!!!
Maria Binz - 1/1/2010 12:41:07 PM EST
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