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.