Fox to Cablevision Subs: Get Thee To an Antenna


Fox Networks, well into the seventh day of its blackout of Cablevision Systems, issued a plea to the MSO's customers urging them to either seek an alternate video provider or buy an antenna to watch their broadcast programming, which includes the upcoming World Series, over the air.
"For the past eight days Cablevision has deprived their subscribers of the National League Championship Series, possibly two weekends of NFL on Fox, and a full week of Fox's primetime shows," Fox said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it's becoming clear that Cablevision believes Fox has very limited value to their customers. We urge those Cablevision subscribers who want to see the World Series (beginning October 27) to switch providers or purchase an over the air antenna now."
Fox pulled its broadcast stations in New York and New Jersey from Cablevision on Oct. 16 over a carriage fee dispute. Since then Cablevision customers have missed the NFL New York Giants game last Sunday and the first six games of the NLCS. Cablevision has repeatedly called for the programmer to agree to binding arbitration to resolve the matter. Fox has rejected that request, adding that it would reward Cablevision for negotiating in bad faith.