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Fox blackout on Cablevision continues, World Series at risk



Did you see the Giants game yesterday? Not if you have Cablevision, and News Corp. is warning that some 3 million subscribers will miss the World Series, too, unless the fee dispute that zapped Fox 5 and My 9 from the lineup is resolved soon.

Talks failed again yesterday between the cable giant and News Corp., which yanked the channels from their lineup at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. This is already the longest station blackout in a large market stemming from a contract dispute.

“We continue to remain far apart,” Fox said, adding that both sides agreed to talk today.

Cablevision called the blackout “shameful,” saying it further shows the need for binding arbitration, which News Corp. has declined. Cablevision owns amNewYork.

Viewers who tuned in the News Corp. channels this weekend saw a looped message from Cablevision blaming “greed” by the Fox parent for pulling the programs. Cablevision says it pays $70 million annually for those Fox channels, and says News Corp. is seeking to raise that to $150 million.

The blackout also forced baseball fans to miss the first two games of the NLCS on Saturday and yesterday.

On Saturday Fox briefly blocked Cablevision subscribers from watching its shows on Hulu and, but it quickly reversed the decision.

During the Jets game on CBS, Fox aired a commercial suggesting the blackout would likely last until at least the World Series, which starts Oct. 27 and would air on Fox.

The commercial also said a number of shows, including “Glee,” and “House” along with the World Series, are “now gone” and subscribers should consider alternate carriers.

“It’s unfair,” said Phillip Thomas, 25, of Brooklyn “Large corporations should find a happy medium for money so people can enjoy their simple pleasures.”

Bronx resident Cindy Bobbio, 21, agreed.

“People rely on it. For someone to come and take the channel away … it sucks,” she said.

(With Emma Diab and Newsday)


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