Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday.
Both sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less likely that a deal could be hammered out by midnight Saturday morning—when the cable operator’s deal to carry WNYW and WWOR in New York and WTXF in Philadelphia (as well as select News Corp.-owned cable networks) is set to expire.
Essentially what’s going on here is that Fox is demanding a certain amount of money from Cablevision who is refusing to pay. If they don’t agree by Saturday then Cablevision will cut off all the Fox channels including the World Series.
I find it funny that they have had no problem reaching similar agreements in other cities, but the two that they are having real problems with are New York and Philadelphia—the two cities most likely to host the World Series. It seems to me like Fox is trying to take advantage of the situation here.
I am, unfortunately, a Cablevision subscriber. I will not be going to a bar, I will not be going to a friend’s house. I will be switching to DirectTV. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while anyways and this could be the perfect opportunity.