Cablevision Systems CEO James Dolan, whose company is locked in a bitter battle with Scripps Networks Interactive over carriage of two channels, said programmers that insist on large affiliate fee increases may be pricing themselves out of business, Multichannel News reports.
Dolan was speaking at the Citigroup Global Media & Telecommunications conference in San Francisco. Scripps’ Food and HGTV networks have been off Cablevision homes in the New York area since the beginning of the year after Cablevision declined to pay what Scripps wants for the networks.
"The bundle continues to get more and more costly to provide, which is going to result in higher and higher fees to the customer base," Dolan said. "I worry more for the programming business that they don’t make the same mistakes the music business did and allow a disruptive technology or government intervention to come in and then undermine the overall economic model.”