Fox and Cablevision Systems are set to resume negotiations over carriage fees today after Fox pulled its New York and Philadelphia-area televisions stations from the cable operator, leading a blackout for 3 million customers, reports Bloomberg News.
Talks ended on Sunday without an agreement to restore the stations, which are WNYW-TV and WWOR-TV in New York and WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, the story says. The blackout also affects Fox Business, National Geo Wild and Fox Deportes. News Corp., Fox’s parent, is urging Cablevision subscribers to switch to other pay-TV operators, the story adds.
Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said the companies remain "far apart" after meeting over the weekend, the article says. Cablevision, for its part, called the blackout "shameful" and called for binding arbitration to solve the dispute, which kept Cablevision customers from watching Sunday’s New York Giants-Detroit Lions football game and Philadelphia Phillies-San Francisco Giants baseball playoff game.
In a separate article, Bloomberg reports that the blackout sent Giants and Eagles fans into sports bars to watch the games. Tiff’s, a Pinebrook, N.J.-based bar that is co-owned by ex-NFL player Tony Siragusa, added an extra television in its dining room to accommodate the patrons who showed up to watch the Giants. "We had tons of phone calls to see if we did have it before we opened our doors at noon," said Tiff’s manager Joe Bradley, the story notes.