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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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Things I Hate About TV: Designers' Challenge on HGTV

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2010 8:00PM
HGTVI went through a very long period when I was rather addicted to the design and makeover shows on HGTV. I loved shows like Design on a Dime and Divine Design and that show where the woman shows you how to take an old hobby horse and recondition it so it can be used as a wine rack.

I don't watch them half as much as I used to, but I still like them. They're shows that actually show us how we can redo our rooms and homes easily and without spending a ton of money. I find shows like that useful. I might not do exactly what the hosts say, but they always give me ideas for something I might want to do in my own place.

I can't say that same about Designers' Challenge though. I think this might be the worst show on HGTV, and here's why.

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Food Network, HGTV Return to Cablevision

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jan 21st 2010 6:00PM
Finally, some good eats for Cablevision customers.

According to a press release, the cable company has reached a deal with Scripps Network Interactive to allow its Food Network and HGTV programming to return to its subscribers, starting today.

This effectively ends the nearly month-long stand-off over contract disputes between Cablevision, which provides service to more than 3 million households in the tri-state New York area, and Scripps Network Interactive, which owns Food Network and HGTV.

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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.

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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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Why You Can't Watch Food Network and HGTV on Cablevision

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:30PM
The price battles between TV channels and cable service providers continue. While Time Warner Cable and Fox have called a truce and reached a temporary agreement that allows TWC subscribers to keep watching 'House' and weekend football, the dispute continues between Cablevision and Scripps over fees for Food Network and HGTV, leaving 3.1 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut without access to Bobby Flay or 'Design Star.'

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Food Network and HGTV pulled off Cablevision in Northeast

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:31AM
scripps_network_chartRepeat after me, "I want my Food Network, I want my HGTV!" That's what the disgruntled Cablevision subscribers might be shouting soon if Scripps Networks and Cablevision don't reach a deal on fees.

As of 12:01 on New Year's Day, three million TV subscribers in suburban New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were shocked that Food Network and DIY and HGTV and all the Scripps networks were off Cablevision.

I don't know how the corporate folks feel about this kind of negotiation, but as a TV viewer I think it sucks. I used to live in that market and if I was expecting to watch Food Network, I would expect to see it.

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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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Food Network and HGTV Depart Cablevision

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 1st 2010 8:30PM
Imagine a world without Giada or 'House Hunters.'

That's what subscribers to the New York City area Cablevision cable system found themselves facing this morning as the Scripps company pulled The Food Network and HGV from Cablevision, which services about 3.1 million households in the region.

Cablevision and Scripps could not come to a distribution deal before the midnight deadline.

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Mark Burnett to Take Over 'HGTV Design Star': How Will He Redesign It?

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 4th 2009 12:43PM
Mark Burnett'Survivor' producer Mark Burnett will take over the reigns at 'HGTV Design Star' from 495 Prods, the Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The British producer will be expected to "infuse [the show] with fresh perspective and innovative ideas that will serve as a blueprint for a successful fifth season," according to HGTV senior vice president of programming Freddy James.

Burnett introduced competition-based reality programming to American audiences. In addition to his work on 'Survivor,' Burnett has produced everything from 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,' to 'The Apprentice' to MTV's 'Bully Beatdown.'

In 2007, his work on 'Survivor' won him an Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Special Class).

'Design Star,' which just wrapped its fourth season in September, is a bit of a departure from Burnett's resume. Which means he may have to spruce it up a little to compete with the intensity of his other shows.

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Kelly Edwards on Decorating Jesse Palmer's Pad for ABC's 'Holiday of Stars'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 28th 2009 10:00AM
Kelly EdwardsEven successful sports stars need an assist sometimes.

On the upcoming special 'Holiday of Stars' (Sun., Dec. 6, at 5PM on ABC), celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds share their holiday ideas and traditions. Kelly Edwards, home decorating expert for AOL Living and co-host and design coordinator for HGTV's 'Design on a Dime,' was brought on board to huddle with former Giants and 49ers quarterback Jesse Palmer (now a sportscaster for ESPN) to spruce up his New York apartment.

It was the perfect assignment for Edwards, whose style is all about giving the appearance of being high-end while being both value-conscious and sensitive to the personal taste of the home dweller.

Read our Q&A with Edwards after the jump.

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The new ad for Ed Begley Jr.'s reality show is confusing

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 9th 2009 3:09PM

Ed Begley Jr. and his wife Rachelle Carson
While walking the streets of Manhattan, heading to the office early this morning, one of those giant open-air tour buses came flying by me as I crossed Sixth Avenue. Normally, since I see them everyday, I ignore them. But this one had a giant ad plastered across the side of it for Ed Begley Jr.'s green livin' reality show, and I couldn't help staring at it because it confused the hell outta me. Not because it's an inherently confusing ad, but because the fonts and text create an inherently confusing message.

Now, I'm no ad man, but am I the only one who sees the problem here?

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HGTV: Antonio Ballatore's house is kind of a dump

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 16th 2009 7:03PM
anonio ballatore hgtv design starA lot of you made your feelings heard about Antonio Ballatore winning this season of Design Star by commenting on a post I wrote earlier this week. The scruffy and tattooed LA. designer has tons of fans (just check out his Facebook page), but a lot of HGTV watchers couldn't warm up to his unconventional designs and slacker dude persona.

Me? I'm a fan. The guy is obviously talented. I like his edgy designs and his laid back everyman attitude. His new show, The Antonio Project, will definitely be something different for HGTV. It won't be for everybody, but it'll be refreshing to see a guy like Antonio host a show on a cable network mostly populated by dull yuppie types.

The HGTV Web site has a preview of this Sunday's premiere of The Antonio Project. The former set designer will have to redesign his own home in five days. By the looks of his house, the network is doing Antonio a favor. The place looks like a crime scene or an abandoned strip mall. Head after the jump to see a pic.

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Design Star: Will you watch the winner's new show?

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 14th 2009 9:30AM
design star, antonio, dan, hgtvSeason four of HGTV's Design Star came to an end last night with the final two designers completing the biggest challenge in the show's history. Antonio, known for his edgy designs and laid-back attitude, and Dan, the talented and sweet-natured kid of the bunch, both redesigned an entire house in only 44 hours.

Both designers were cool and confident throughout the challenge, and their final products were nothing short of stunning. These guys know their stuff, and they deserved to make it to the end of the show, beating out nine other contestants for a shot at their own series on HGTV. But there could be only one winner.

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Six bad things about four good shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2008 1:01PM
1. Heroes.
The show has problems, which have been analyzed to death in the past several weeks, but it's still an entertaining hour of television. Great cast, and it's a fun ride. But a few things about the show bother me. One is the number of characters. Well, not the amount, per se, but how the show is structured with all of the characters. I'd rather see several characters sit out an episode than have ten characters all fighting for screen time in one episode. It's just too much. I also hate that there doesn't seem to be any real danger on the show, no real risk. I mean, if Hiro can go back in time, where's the real danger? If something can be done where a character can come back to life even after he is killed, where's the real risk? The show has to do something to change that in the next chapter.

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