There’s good news for Cablevision cable TV customers being affected by the bitter Fox/Cablevision retransmission argument.
As many of you already know, especially if you’re a Cablevision customer in the New York area, Fox has pulled its programming, most notably Major League Baseball’s World Series broadcast. Unfortunately, as the two companies battle it out over rate increases and programming valuation, the true victims of the situation are Cablevision customers and Fox Networks’ loyal viewers. It’s especially painful to lose your access to Fox during one of the most watched sports events of the year, the World Series. However, Cablevision is offering its customers an olive branch.
According to Fierce IPTV, “The IPTV Weekly Monitor”, Cablevision is offering its customers a $10 credit if they subscribe to the World Series broadcast directly through MLB.com. While the primary victory is bypassing Fox in an attempt to please its World Series hungry customers, the offer addresses another issue - the validity of Internet Protocol television (IPTV).
Think about it. Could Cablevision’s offer to pay for the MLB.com World Series broadcast help push IPTV further into the mainstream by suggesting customers bypass traditional programming in favor of Internet TV? It definitely puts a national spotlight on the issue.
In a more negative light, NJ.com is reporting that Fox claims that Cablevision representatives have been directing their customers to “illegal websites” to watch pirated Fox programming. In fact, Fox went so far as to send Cablevision a cease and desist letter. Cablevision claims the action is merely a publicity stunt to try and lure eyes away from the Fox blackout.
No matter which company ultimately prevails, greed is never pretty and consumers pay the price.