Sports Fans Ensnared in Fox, Cablevision Rate Duel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Cablevision's 3 million subscribers in New York and Philadelphia find themselves out-Foxed.

Caught in the middle are sports fans who missed playoff baseball and Sunday's New York Giants game.

Negotiators for Cablevision and Fox parent News Corp. failed to
reach an agreement over rates Sunday, more than a day after their deal expired amid negotiations for a new one. Fox pulled its
channels and programming while the two sides discuss how much
Cablevision will pay to carry them.

A Fox spokesman says the two sides will meet again Monday.

Cablevision subscribers have been victims of multiple blackouts
this year.

In March, customers lost their ABC station in New York in the hours leading up to the Oscars. Viewers missed the first 15 minutes of the awards show before Cablevision and Walt Disney Co. reached a tentative deal.

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.'s Food Network and HGTV also went dark for three weeks in a similar dispute.


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