As Cablevision customers contemplate what bars to head to or which antenna to buy to watch the World Series tonight, Cablevision president and CEO (and Knicks owner) James Dolan sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski yesterday, saying that he could be in D.C. this morning for an FCC-run meeting with News Corp., because only with the FCC's involvement could good faith talks occur. However, News Corp., which served Cablevision a cease & desist letter (because the cable company's reps were allegedly telling customers how to illegally access Fox programming online) said that Dolan's letter was a "stunt."
The two companies have been at odds since October 16, when News Corp. pulled its Fox programming—shows like Glee and House, sporting events like the ALDS and NFL games, channels like WNYW 5, WWOR 9 and Fox News—from Cablevision. Cablevision claims that News Corp. is demanding $150 million in transmission fees, up from $70 million, while News Corp. says that Cablevision isn't even trying to negotiate—all this leaving over 3 million people in the NY, NJ and PA area in the dark. According to Media Decoder, a FCC official "indicated that the commission is likely to take a couple of days to review the responses from the two parties to the formal filings each submitted on their efforts to solve the dispute," which means there will probably not be any Fall Classic tonight for Cablevision customers.
Verizon tells Bloomberg News their FIOS subscriptions are up since the conflict.