The CW -- or as far as Cablevision subscribers on Long Island are concerned, WPIX/11 -- is back in business. Cablevision, the parent company of Newsday, has announced a resolution to the conflict, which began in mid-August. (And yes, go ahead and check -- WPIX and the CW are now back on the channel position they have long occupied -- 11.)
Terms were not announced, although the dispute centered on retransmission fees for the broadcast signal of Ch. 11 and other stations owned by the Tribune Company. Interestingly, Cablevision didn't even cite the long absence of the CW, and instead said the resolution of the dispute would help roughly 50,000 subscribers in Connecticut who haven't had access to the Fox signal there (WTIC) -- and the ongoing World Series.
Here's the full statement (no comment so far from Tribune, but the signal is up and running).
“We are pleased to have reached agreement with Tribune to return its stations to Cablevision, particularly its FOX affiliate in Connecticut, the only source of FOX programming for about 50,000 of our customers. We sincerely appreciate the patience of our customers as we worked to reach an agreement that is consistent with our focus on minimizing the impact of rising programming costs on cable rates.”
Returning to Cablevision are: WTIC, the exclusive source of FOX programming in about 50,000 Cablevision homes in Connecticut; WPIX (CW); WCCT (CW), carried in a small portion of Connecticut; KWGN (CW) carried in some Optimum West markets; WPHL (MyNetwork), carried in a small portion of New Jersey; and WGN, carried in a small portion of Cablevision’s Optimum West service area.