Cablevision Wear Two Hats: As a Cable Operator It’s Had Some Tough Battles with Programmers Over Fees; This Time, Wearing Its Programmer Hat, It’s In a Bitter Dispute With AT&T’s U-Verse Over Carrying Its Cable Channels

Jul 14, 2010  •  Post A Comment

"The shoe’s on the other foot for Cablevision in a contract dispute that could affect millions of AT&T U-verse television customers at midnight, " USA Today’s long-time media reporter David Lieberman writes.

In the past, the article notes, Cablevision, which is a major cable operator, especially in the New York area, has had occasion to fight "programmers who wanted higher payments for their shows."

In the current instance, AT&T said Wednesday morning, July 14, 2010, that Cablevision’s Rainbow Media division, which owns AMC, IFC and WEtv,  is "trying to charge significantly more than the average of what our TV competitors pay for these channels." 

One of the shows some subscribers might miss is the award-winning "Mad Men" on AMC. The new season of "Mad Men" debuts July 24th, the article says.


  1. Who watches WEtv and IFC? What they are doing is holding Mad Men hostage to force higher fees for networks that no one watches. This is why cable is losing viewers to the internet, Amazon, iTuunes and Xbox. I can only pay for what I want to watch and don’t have to subsidise these other networks.

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