Saturday, October 30, 2010
Cablevision Systems Corp. said today it has reached agreement with News Corp. to return Fox programming to Cablevision.
The channels will return to Cablevision immediately and in time for tonight’s World Series game and Sunday’s NFL match-up between the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.
In a statement, the company said: “In the absence of any meaningful action from the FCC, Cablevision has agreed to pay Fox an unfair price for multiple channels of its programming including many in which our customers have little or no interest.
“Cablevision conceded because it does not think its customers should any longer be denied the Fox programs they wish to see.”
Cablevision thanked its customers for their understanding and said it was grateful to the 175 government leaders who raised their voices to urge government intervention and binding arbitration to prevent the blackout.
“It is clear the retransmission consent system is badly broken and needs to be fixed,” the company said.
“In the end, our customers will pay more than they should for Fox programming, but less than they would have if we had accepted the unprecedented rates News Corp. was demanding when they pulled their channels off Cablevision.”
The channels returning to Cablevision are Fox 5 (WNYW), Fox 29 (WTXF), My9, Fox Business Network, National Geographic Wild and Fox Deportes.
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