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Food Network's 'Super Chef Battle' Set to Air on Free TV in NYC

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:12PM
The Scripps vs. Cablevision battle rages on, but at least New York City area viewers will be able to see a battle of another kind this weekend.

The 'Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event,' which NYC viewers couldn't watch because Food Network and HGTV programs are no longer being carried on Cablevision, will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Sunday on WPIX-TV, Channel 11, in NYC and WTXX-TV, Channel 20, in Hartford, Conn., both free channels.The Scripps vs. Cablevision battle rages on, but at least New York City area viewers will be able to see a battle of another kind this weekend.

The 'Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event,' which NYC viewers couldn't watch because Food Network and HGTV programs are no longer being carried on Cablevision, will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Sunday on WPIX-TV, Channel 11, in NYC and WTXX-TV, Channel 20, in Hartford, Conn., both free channels.

The 'Super Chef Battle,' which originally aired over the New Year's weekend on The Food Network, featured Food chefs Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse, along with White House chef Cristeta Comerford, in a culinary competition hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.

Also, HGTV is collaborating with WPIX and WTXX to rebroadcast its shows that originally aired during the New Year's weekend, according to a WPIX-WTXX press release.

"Nobody likes the situation, with Cablevision customers being the only viewers in the country who can't watch our networks as we introduce a number of new specials and series in January," said Brooke Johnson, president of The Food Network. "These encore presentations are just a small way to say thank you for their support and understanding while we do everything we can to get our networks back on Cablevision."

Scripps Networks, owners of The Food Network and HGTV, pulled the channels from Cablevision when the two sides could not come to a distribution deal before a Dec. 31 midnight deadline.

"We want to continue to carry Food Network and HGTV, but we must do so in a way that does not dramatically increase cable bills,'' read a full-page ad Cablevision ran in several NYC area newspapers on Thursday.

Cablevision services about 3.1 million households in the region. Scripps was receiving less than 25 cents a month per household for both channels. Cablevision claims Scripps is negotiating for a $20 million annual rate increase, according to the newspaper ad.

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