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Cable TV Feud Leaves Fans In The Dark

nyvsphil 385 Cable TV Feud Leaves Fans In The Dark

Cablevision’s 3 million subscribers in New York and Philadelphia find themselves out-Foxed.

Caught in the middle are sports fans who missed playoff baseball and Sunday’s New York Giants game. Negotiators for Cablevision and Fox parent News Corp. failed to reach an agreement over rates Sunday, more than a day after their deal expired amid negotiations for a new one. Fox pulled its channels and programming while the two sides discuss how much Cablevision will pay to carry them. A Fox spokesman says the two sides will meet again Monday. Cablevision subscribers have been victims of multiple blackouts this year. In March, customers lost their ABC station in New York in the hours leading up to the Oscars. Viewers missed the first 15 minutes of the awards show before Cablevision and Walt Disney Co. reached a tentative deal. The Food Network and HGTV also went dark for three weeks in a similar dispute.

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