Fox has rejected Cablevision’s latest offer to end the retranmission dispute between the two companies, meaning that Cablevision’s subscribers were unable to see game one of Major League Baseball’s World Series, which began tonight, Oct. 27, 2010.
Cablevision did say it would pay the $10 for its subscribers to watch the game online via the MLB Network.
According to The New York Times, "In a statement, Cablevision said, ‘We agree to pay the rate Fox charges Time Warner Cable for carriage of WNYW-Fox 5 New York and WTXF-Fox 29 Philadelphia for a period of one year. This is higher than the rate we pay any other New York broadcast station.’
Cablevision did not say anything about Fox’s WWOR or some Fox cable nets in dispute. Nor did Cablevision say what the rate it was offering to pay.
The Times’ story continued, "Around 4 p.m. Eastern, Fox said Cablevision’s proposal was ‘incomplete’ and ‘not acceptable.’ Fox’s statement said: ‘Cablevision is seeking a discounted ‘package rate’ without buying the entire package. We have told Cablevision all along we are willing to negotiate a deal – based on an entire suite of channels – under the terms we have reached with Time Warner Cable and other providers, or a stand alone agreement for WNYW FOX5, WTXF FOX29 and WWOR My9. Cablevision’s offer – sent to the press just as it was provided to us – is yet another in a long line of publicity stunts.’ "