After talks in Manhattan, going on since noon today, it appears there will not be an agreement made in time between Cablevision and News Corp. to restore three local stations in New York and Philadelphia plus a few Fox cable networks.
At midnight, the stations were pulled then this afternoon, Fox pulled access to Hulu.com from Cablevision subscribers.
While Cablevision doesn’t have a heavy penetration in Philadelphia as it used to, the big test is tomorrow when the New York Giants host Detroit at 1 p.m. East. If Fox stations aren’t restored by then, there will be backlash in New York.
But as John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal points out, Cablevision was willing to take a hit by keeping the YES Network and the New York Yankees off its systems for a full season.
Cablevision says Fox is asking for too much money for its programming. Fox says Cablevision is making unreasonable demands. Cablevision says it’s willing to go to binding arbitration. Fox has refused.
We’ll be following this story again on Sunday.
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