As a Cablevision customer, I can say that at this moment, I do not have Fox 5 or My9. I don’t know who is right or wrong, but here is what I do know. It is obviously a tug of war about money.
Cablevision has been running a message on the channels explaining their side of the story. They say that News Corp is asking for more money for Fox 5 than they pay for CBS, NBC, ABC & Univision combined. They also say that government officials have asked both parties to enter into binding arbitration so that a third party can examine the facts and come to a conclusion. Cablevision accepted the arbitration immediately but New Corp said no. Cablevision also says that News Corp has raised their asking price from $70 million to $150 million and that they have made multiple offers and compromises but News Corp will not compromise one bit. All of this makes Cablevision sound very reasonable.
News Corp has been running commercials basically saying that evil Cablevision has taken Fox 5 & My9 away from you and mention some hit shows. Then they urge you to switch to another service provider. No facts. No responses to Cablevision’s claims. Now while this does not prove Cablevision is right, they may be twisting facts, but it really bothers me that News Corp is not explaining themselves at all. Plus, do they really think that everyone will switch? In the meantime, they are losing millions of viewers which will hurt their show’s ratings and ad revenue. So they don’t really want you to switch. They are holding your shows ransom to get Cablevision to give in. But if Cablevision gives in and pays too much, they may have to raise subscriber fees.
Is News Corp asking for too much money? Is Cablevision just soaking up profits and offering News Corp too little for their programming? I don’t know the answers to these questions. That is why binding arbitration is a great solution. They would get to see and weigh all kinds of facts that we are not privy to, and hopefully they would come to a fair solution. And if Cablevision said yes and News Corp said no, then I am on Cablevision’s side. Based on what you have heard, who do you think is right?
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