The carriage dispute between Fox and Cablevision systems has sparked two New York Congressmen to get involved, calling on the companies to enter arbitration, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
Neither Fox nor Cablevision immediately responded, the story says. The dispute is over retransmission consent payments for, primarily, two TV stations in New York and one in Philadelphia, which could lead to Fox pulling their signals when a midnight Friday deadline passes, the story says.
Cablevision customers wouldn’t be able to see Fox’s post-season baseball broadcasts, it notes. State Congressman Peter King said it "would be an unconscionable result" and "unfair to sports and programming fans." New York Congressman Steve Israel said he wants the companies to work it out "without holding my constituents hostage."