The fight over transmission fees between News Corp. and Cablevision has entered day three, with News Corp. continuing the blackout of its channels, including WNYW 5 and WWOR 9. Which meant Cablevision customers were out of luck when trying to watch yesterday's (football) Giants' win or (baseball) Giants' loss. The two sides are supposed to resume talks today, but in a late afternoon statement, Cablevision's executive vice president of communications Charles Schueler said, "The longer this shameful News Corp. blackout of the NFL and Major League Baseball continues, the more obvious it becomes to everyone, including political leaders of both parties, that binding arbitration is the fastest and fairest way to return Fox programming to Cablevision customers."
According to Cablevision, News Corp. is demanding a huge increase in fees—$150 million up from $70 million. An analyst said last week, "Fox is laser-focused on capturing significant retrans dollars and we see no reason why they would give in," noting, "The fact that Fox holds the rights to air local sports programming, like the Giants and New York Yankees games, gives them leverage over Cablevision." News Corp. may be privately relieved the ALCS is on TBS, or else there would be a real uprising from Cablevision customers!
News Corp. issued a statement yesterday, "The parties had several discussions again today but no material progress, was made and we continue to remain far apart. However, both sides agreed to continue talking tomorrow [Monday]."