Cablevision/Fox Day Five: No Progress
Brief talks today, no deal
By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/20/2010 5:27:16 PM
According to Fox, the two parties had "brief" discussions today and are expected to continue talks Thursday.
Fox pulled its broadcast stations in New York (WNYW and WWOR) and Philadelphia (WTXF) and its cable networks Fox Deportes, NatGeo Wild and Fox Business Network from Cablevision on Oct. 16. The two parties are at loggerheads over what Cablevision has called Fox's unreasonable fee increase demands. Fox has countered that it is only seeking fair compensation for its content.
Cablevision has repeatedly called for the matter to be settled through binding arbitration, a request that has been echoed by several state, local and federal lawmakers. Fox has contended that business-to-business negotiation is the only path to a deal.
"Both parties have a position, but only Cablevision has joined with more than 50 government leaders with a solution, binding arbitration under the direction of a neutral third party," Cablevision Executive Vice President of Communications Charles Schueler said in a statement. "By now it should be clear even to News Corp. that binding arbitration is the fastest and fairest way to return Fox programming to our customers."
In the meantime, Cablevision subscribers will likely miss Game 4 of Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
Mitchell Munz - 10/21/2010 12:01:18 PM EDT
i will never buy the new york post again--i submit to all people who read post--cancel subscriptions now
michael cole - 10/21/2010 11:50:50 AM EDT
David Budway - 10/20/2010 8:04:11 PM EDT
Everyone should take a look at the quarterly earning of News corp. They are the epitome of greed! We are the ones who pay them all this money. They will not negotiate fairly. It makes me wonder if they would take this hard stance with Cablevision if the Yankees were not in the playoffs?
Everyone needs to remember that if Cablevision agrees to the astronomical prices that News Corp is demanding, it only means that we, as the consumer will pay for it.
Victoria T - 10/20/2010 7:36:58 PM EDT
Fox 5 is a "free" network station who makes money selling commercials. What happen to free TV? Companies should pull their commercials since they are missing 3 Million viewers! Then things would change.
Tony Car - 10/20/2010 7:36:55 PM EDT
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