October 17, 2010 by staff
Fox Cablevision, If you are one of the 3 million people subscribing to Cablevision, you may be surprised to wake up this morning to find he can no longer watch FOX. Cablevision and News Corp, parent company of FOX, they are in a dispute over how much money the company must pay the network broadcast.
This could make things really risky for Jets fans in the near future. FOX has the rights to Sunday afternoon NFL games in which a participant NFC is the visiting team. An example of this is the game between the Packers and the Jets on Oct. 31. It could also keep the National League baseball championship series and World Series off the air.
More after the jump.
For its part, Fox refuses to participate in binding arbitration. In other words, an impartial mediator to resolve the conflict and allow its customers to continue to see in the network.
According to press releases from Cablevision, a number of officials from the two major parties have gone public and asked the parties to do so.
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Congressman Peter King (R-NY)
Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY)
Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY)
Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ)
NY State Senator George Maziarz (R-NY)
NY State Senator Jose Peralta (D-NY)
NY State Senator Dean Skelos (R-NY)
NY State Assemblyman Karim Camara (D-NY)
NY State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY)
NY State Assemblyman Denny Farrell (D-NY)
NY State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-NY)
NY State Assemblyman Mike Spano (D-NY)
NJ State Senator Paul Sarlo (D-NJ)
NJ State Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-NJ)
NJ Speaker of the Assembly Sheila Oliver (D-NJ)
CT State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-CT)
CT State Rep. Chris Perone (D-CT)
CT State Rep. William Tong (D-CT)
Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone (D-NY)
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day (R-NY)
NYC Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan (D-NY)
NYC Councilmember Dan Garodnick (D-NY)
Westchester County Legislator Bill Ryan (D-NY)
Harrison Town Supervisor Joan Walsh (D-NY)
These are mostly Democrats, but Peter King is a prominent Republican in the House of Representatives. He is the highest-ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security. Fox has refused these requests. Now people can not see their networks.
No I have a lot of sympathy for Cablevision not, however. They have a history of making unreasonable demands in similar disputes. Yankees fans throughout the area were excluded from the YES Network and 120 games in 2002. The origin of the dispute was Cablevision’s refusal to pay the exact same amount of SI is charged to other cable providers to regional sports networks owned. These regional sports networks owned by Cablevision became direct competitors in the network is not shown on its cable systems. Cablevision also refuses to show NFL Network, claiming that as a kind of revenge for the league making its Sunday Ticket products for the gaming market DirecTV exclusive.
Cablevision is run by the Dolan family. The Dolan run the Knicks and Rangers. He also led efforts to destroy the Jets’ West Side Stadium. They are not exactly beacons in the relevant property or overwhelming concern for their customers. Only owned stations pulled out of a provider, Dish Network, in a similar dispute.
You have options. I switched from Cablevision to Verizon FiOS for two years and not regretted it. Now get NFL Network. I have also had far fewer problems, and more attentive customer service. With Cablevision, once had to stand in line half an hour to get to my credit account for a service I paid, but it was not forwarded to my box. You can also go to DirecTV and get the NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market game.
What we have here are two media companies too much power, agendas of many, and very little regard for their customers.
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