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Fox strikes deal with Cablevision

MUMBAI: Restoring programming to more than 3 million New York-area subscribers who had been without some popular shows and baseball playoff games for two weeks, Fox and Cablevision have struck a deal. Though financial details of the deal were not disclosed, the secured rates of Fox would be similar to that of the deal it struck with Time Warner Cable.
 
Though Cablevision wanted a deal for Fox-affiliated WNYW and WXTF, the deal encompasses Fox‘s WWOR (affiliated in primetime with MyNetwork TV) and the three cable channels that secured carriage because Fox cleverly exchanged its retransmission rights for Fox Business Network, Nat Geo Wild and Spanish-lingo Fox Deportes also.


Signals for all stations and cable channels were restored before the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. 
 
Cablevision had been asserting that Fox was seeking excessive increases in fees for the stations for weeks and also called for the FCC intervention. Although the commission refused to intervene directly into the matter, it did ask both the sides to prove that they had been operating in accordance with the provision in the retransmission law that calls for good-faith negotiations.


Cablevision had been without Fox signals since 16 October. In preparation for an extended blackout, Cablevision e-mailed its customers last Wednesday saying that it would reimburse them $10 to cover the cost of paying to watch the games online through MLB.com. 

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