Cablevision and Fox have ended their retransmission dispute that had kept three million Cablevision subscribers in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia areas from seeing the World Series among other programming.
When most programmers and and distributors settle these disputes, they refrain from further criticism of each other. This time Cablevision decided not to play that game.
According to Entertainment Weekly, here’s the statement Cablevision released: “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 thanks its customers for understanding the reasons for the dispute and for staying with us. We are also grateful to the 175 government leaders who raised their voices to urge government intervention and binding arbitration to prevent this blackout. It is clear the retransmission consent system is badly broken and needs to be fixed.”
According to the New York Times’ Media Decoder, "Fox responded to Cablevision on Saturday night by saying that ‘from Day One, Cablevision has been complaining about the fair market price.’ The cable company’s most recent comments ‘should not surprise anyone,’ Fox said, ‘and they further confirm that this entire dispute was solely about Cablevision’s misguided efforts to effect regulatory change to their benefit.’ "
Said EW, "The dispute involved the distribution of programming on WNYW FOX5 and WWOR My9 in New York, WTXF FOX29 in Philadelphia, and the cable channels FOX Deportes, FOX Business Network, and Nat Geo WILD."