Fox Networks and Cablevision announced today they have reached an agreement in principle for a new carriage agreement involving more than 3 million households through Connecticut, parts of New Jersey, the New York area and a small part of Philadelphia area. The signals were restored Saturday prior to the first pitch of World Series Game 3 on Fox.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. An impasse between the two companies led to the loss of Fox programming on the Cablevision systems on Oct. 16.
Cablevision released this statement: “In the absence of any meaningful action from the FCC, Cablevision has agreed to pay Fox an unfair price for multiple channels of its programming including many in which our customers have little or no interest. Cablevision conceded because it does not think its customers should any longer be denied the Fox programs they wish to see. Cablevision thanks its customers for understanding the reasons for the dispute and for staying with us. We are also grateful to the 175 government leaders who raised their voices to urge government intervention and binding arbitration to prevent this blackout. It is clear the retransmission consent system is badly broken and needs to be fixed.”
The dispute involved the distribution of programming on WNYW FOX5 and WWOR My9 in New York, WTXF FOX29 in Philadelphia, and the cable channels FOX Deportes, FOX Business Network, and Nat Geo WILD.