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Fox channels still dark for Cablevision customers

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 8:20am
Mike Robuck

Negotiations for a new retransmission agreement between News Corp.-owned Fox and Cablevision are still ongoing, but in the meantime, Fox has pulled its programming from Cablevision's 3 million subscribers in the New York metro area and in part of Philadelphia.

Fox pulled the plug at midnight on Saturday, which meant Cablevision customers were without sports programming that included the New York Giants' football game and the National League Championship series yesterday.

Last week, Cablevision proposed binding arbitration to break the logjam, but Fox turned it down. Since then, various New York lawmakers have backed arbitration between the two.

"The longer this shameful News Corp. blackout of the NFL and Major League Baseball continues, the more obvious it becomes to everyone, including political leaders of both parties, that binding arbitration is the fastest and fairest way to return Fox programming to Cablevision customers," said Charles Schueler, Cablevision's executive vice president of communications.

Cablevision carries Fox on Fox 5 and MyNetwork 9 in New York and Fox 29 in Philadelphia. Fox also pulled NatGeoWild, Fox Deportes and Fox Business Channel off of the air.

It's not the first time Cablevision's subscribers have lost programming this year. In March, Walt Disney yanked ABC for about 15 minutes at the start of the Oscars before it reached a new agreement with Cablevision.

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