Fox Declines Cablevision Offer To End Blackout
Fox has rejected a Cablevision Systems Corporation offer for a one-year deal that would have ended a blackout of Fox stations for millions of viewers in New York and Philadelphia.
In rejecting the offer, Fox said Cablevision was seeking a discounted rate that usually applies to bundles of channels — not individual channels. The response appeared to scuttle Cablevision’s attempt to restore Fox 5 in New York and Fox 29 in Philadelphia in time to carry the Major League Baseball World Series.
Earlier, Cablevision offered to match the rate Time Warner Cable pays for the same signals. Cablevision and Fox have been locked in a bitter dispute over service rates. Cablevision serves three-million homes in the Big Apple and Philadelphia. The Fox signals have been blacked out for nearly two weeks, leaving baseball fans in both cities no live coverage of of post-season games carried by Fox.