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News Corp., Cablevision Set To Meet Again After Making No Progress
Published October 19, 2010
NOT BACKING DOWN: News Corp. said in a statement, "It is increasingly clear that Cablevision's real intention is to continue making this their subscribers' problem in the hope that with enough inconvenience, politicians will intervene to protect Cablevision's huge profits -- nearly $795 per subscriber last year." News Corp. said that MSG Network "never sought arbitration after it went dark from Dish earlier this month," and the company also "called Cablevision's claim that it is seeking $150mln in fees, up from $70mln, untrue" (CABLEFAX DAILY, 10/19). Fox Cable Networks VP/Corporate Communications Brian Peterson in an e-mail said that the two sides "will likely resume talks Wednesday, but that any contact will be via the telephone" (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 10/18).
PLAYING CHICKEN: DAILY VARIETY's Cynthia Littleton reports Fox officials are "convinced Cablevision -- with an eye toward a World Series in which the Yankees might participate -- is stalling at the negotiating table in hopes that the feds or FCC will take steps to force arbitration or muster a quick legislative rewrite of the FCC's retransmission consent rule." But the "wait-it-out strategy seems likely to cost Cablevision some subscribers in the short term" (DAILY VARIETY, 10/19). On Long Island, Neil Best wrote, "If the Yankees win the ALCS and this thing drags on into the World Series, which is on Fox ... Oy. Let's not even think about that" (NEWSDAY.com, 10/18).