June 28, 2022

Cable Standoff Over


Baseball fans will finally get to take in the action after a standoff between Fox and Cablevision ended in time for customers in the New York market to catch the third game of the World Series

More than 5 million Cablevision customers, according to the company, have been caught in the middle of a standoff between Cablevision (CVC) and Fox Networks. The result for customers, a blackout of Fox channels since October 16.

The real world impact is millions of New York baseball fans missing the first two games of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.

Fortunately, Cablevision stepped up to the plate and is paying Fox what they deem to be “an unfair price” for the Fox channels. This despite the inclusion of many channels they don’t feel their customers have interest in.

“Cablevision conceded because it does not think its customers should any longer be denied the Fox programs they wish to see,” a company spokesperson said.

This is the second such dispute involving the right to retransmit Fox Networks’ channels in the past two days to be resolved. Fox is a unit of News Corp (NWS). On Friday, Fox and DISH Network (DISH), a satellite operator, reached an agreement on Fox Network channels including local channels, FX, National Geographic and 19 regional sports networks.

The terms of both the Cablevision and DISH Network agreements were not disclosed by parties involved.