Cablevision Systems Corp. customers in New York City may lose News Corp.’s Fox broadcast signal, including this weekend’s Giants football telecast, if the two companies fail to agree on a new transmission contract.
Cablevision’s contract to carry Channel 5 and 9 in New York expired last night, causing the channels to go dark for 3 million customers. The problem for NFL fans is the New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions football game on Oct. 17.
Cablevision said News Corp. wants more than $150 million a year in fees for the Fox stations and some cable channels, up from $70 million a year it already pays the media company. Fox said it’s asking for “fair compensation.”
For New Yorkers who get their television fix via Cablevision, a dispute between the cable company and FOX could cause them to miss the game.
“We’re innocent bystanders,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Times. “We hope they work it out.”
Talks reportedly are resuming at noon today. If the two sides can’t work it out, well let’s just say that one or more of the various NBC networks will be available to carry you through to Sunday Night Football.