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Oscars Held Hostage in Another Cablevision Dispute

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 12:00PM
Some three million cable subscribers in three states may miss Sunday's Oscar telecast on ABC, thanks to a subscriber-fee dispute between New York's WABC-TV (and its parent company, Disney) and Cablevision over fees the broadcast station wants to collect from the cable service provider.

On Monday, New York City's WABC began telling Cablevision customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that it would pull its signal after midnight Sunday morning if a deal isn't reached by then. Cablevision, in return, issued a statement warning customers that ABC now wants to charge for what it used to give away for free, and that Cablevision customers might have to cough up an extra $40 million a year if ABC gets its way.

The threatened blackout follows two similar episodes earlier this year, including one involving Cablevision, but it probably won't be the last, as broadcast networks and basic cable channels are demanding a bigger share of cable subscription fees.

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The Cooking Channel Replaces Fine Living on May 31

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 19th 2010 4:04PM
Fine Living NetworkI'm not sure how many people are even aware that a network called Fine Living even exists. It's up there on your cable dial, and even though it runs a lot of Martha Stewart programming, it's still a network that people don't think about too much. Maybe that's one of the reasons why Scripps is getting rid of the channel and changing it to The Cooking Channel on May 31.

Where Fine Living was focused on other lifestyle topics, The Cooking Channel will focus on well, food and cooking. Scripps owns Food Network too, so expect to see some new shows from people like Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay. Both of them need new shows because they currently only have about 11 each.

Maybe this cooking channel will fill the gap that a lot of people say that Food Network created when they started to go towards more personality-driven cooking shows and reality competition shows. It would be great to see Sara Moulton doing a live cooking show again, wouldn't it?

[via Mediabistro]

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Another battle in the Scripps/Cablevision war

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 7th 2010 8:29AM
Food NetworkScripps Networks Interactive, the company behind the Food Network and HGTV, has gotten an ally in its war against Cablevision. For those unaware, Cablevision dropped Scripps programming due to a disagreement about fees.

There will be an encore presentation of the Food Network's highly-rated program Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event on the local networks WPIX-TV in New York and WTXX-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. The HGTV special HGTV Dream Home 2010 Tour will also be appearing on WPIX.

One can only wonder if this is the future of television, in which cable channels make deals with networks for encore broadcasts. It would help the networks find cheap programming and there have already been experiments with cable and networks sharing programs (such as Friday Night Lights).

In the end, Scripps and Cablevision will likely come to an agreement, just as Fox and Time Warner Cable did. Now if only Cablevision would start carrying BBC America to make me happy.

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Fox and Time Warner Reach Agreement

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Jan 1st 2010 11:36PM
Fox and Time Warner came to terms today on a retransmission consent agreement that had held both sides up in two-day negotiations. Variety reports that after all-night New Year's Eve discussions that carried through to lunchtime on New Year's Day, a deal was reached that will prevent many Fox channels from being swept off Time Warner Cable systems.

Though neither side is talking about the financial terms struck, both parties seem relieved. "We're pleased that, after months of negotiations, we were able to reach a fair agreement with Time Warner Cable, one that recognizes the value of our programming," said News Corp COO Chase Carey in a statement.

As for the cable provider, Time Warner Cable's chief executive Glenn Britt said the company had "reached a reasonable deal with no disruption in programming for our customers."

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