FCC Chairman Welcomes Fox/Dish Deal - Broadcasting & Cable

FCC Chairman Welcomes Fox/Dish Deal

Urges Fox, Cablevision to complete negotiations
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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a shout-out to Fox and Dish Friday for coming to agreement on a new retransmission consent/carriage deal, including restoring some Fox cable nets (including regional sports nets) that had been off Dish.

He called on Fox and Cablevision to follow suit.

"I welcome the news that Fox and Dish Network have agreed to extend their contract for carriage of Fox TV stations on Dish's satellite system," he said in a statement. "Their current contract was slated to expire at midnight this Sunday, and the extension ensures that there will be no interruption of Dish subscribers' ability to view the programming of these Fox stations.

"I am pleased that Fox and Dish have kept in mind their responsibility to protect consumers from blackouts when they negotiate carriage terms," he said, "I urge Fox and Cablevision to complete their negotiations and end the impasse that has disrupted service to viewers."

Fox stations have been off Cablevision systems serving New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia since Oct. 16.

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