Friday, December 27, 2013
Westport customers of Cablevision will lose Hartford’s WFSB Channel 3 from their system on Tuesday night, New Year’s Eve, unless an agreement is reached between the companies.
“Cablevision’s contract to carry WFSB on its cable system will expire at midnight on December 31, 2013, and by law, Cablevision OptimumTV will no longer have the right to carry our copyrighted programming,” WFSB said on its website.
It added: “The fact is that we are only asking Cablevision OptimumTV for pennies a day from your cable bill for our programming. Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you.”
In a statement, Cablevision said: “The overwhelming majority of our Connecticut customers will continue to have access to CBS programming on WCBS Channel 2.
“Cablevision has already agreed to pay for carriage of WFSB Channel 3 in Litchfield and New Haven Counties, but WFSB’s owners are now threatening to black out CBS programming in those areas unless Cablevision and its customers agree to pay for two different CBS channels in Fairfield County.
“It’s an unprecedented request, and we call on the owners of WFSB Channel 3 to work with us on an agreement that is fair to our Connecticut customers.”
WFSB told its viewers that it will continue to negotiate with Cablevision and said those affected could continue to watch the channel free over the air with an antenna as well as on DirecTV or Dish Network.
Posted 12/27/13 at 04:45 PM Permalink