Fox stands firm in Time Warner Cable fee dispute

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Fox Network refused Wednesday to agree to an offer by Time Warner Cable to enter arbitration with the Federal Communications Commission to resolve an ongoing fee dispute.

Fox and Time Warner Cable have been locked in a public battle over how much the cable giant should pay News Corp. for the right to deliver Fox networks into its subscribers' homes.

Talks are still ongoing, but if a deal is not reached before the Dec. 31 deadline, all of the Fox-owned broadcast networks and some of its cable channels could disappear from some Time Warner Cable subscribers' televisions on New Year's Day.

Serious corporate brinkmanship--read it all.

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8 Comments
Posted December 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. little searchers wrote:

There needs to be a way to remove unwanted channels from cable/satellite services.  I never Fox Programming and would not wish to pay for it in my satellite package.

December 30, 11:54 pm | [comment link]
2. BillB wrote:

I would be glad to get rid of CNN, MSNBC, etc. from my satellite package.  What worthless propaganda they toss out.

December 31, 2:55 am | [comment link]
3. Septuagenarian wrote:

According to the local new sources, the crummy propaganda Fox News puts out isn’t affected. Why anyone would watch it may go back to P.T. Barnum. In the past few months they have managed to claim that CNN didn’t cover a rally, dug through their archives and showed CNN footage covering the event as part of their story! Then they distorted their coverage of a small tea party rally in DC—there weren’t very many people at the event, so they dug through their archives and came up with footage of an entirely different, much larger event.

I never watch any of the Fox stuff affected and would much prefer that if Time-Warner (for which I have the basic service that meets my needs plus) simply made Fox “Pay for View” rather than upping my rates. Let Fox take the hit from their advertising rates.

December 31, 9:52 am | [comment link]
4. Sarah wrote:

Good news that Fox News isn’t affected—if I ever watch any news on tv I make sure to watch that one, rather than the Collectivist propaganda of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC.  And so nice to see, now, that by the looks of the ratings, those five channels are declining away.

The good news is that such is the audience of Fox now that Time-Warner can’t afford to knock it off. 

The other alternative is to have a cable for collectivists, one for conservatives and then let the one for collectivists decline to its little nest of public media watchers and move on.  ; > )

December 31, 11:33 am | [comment link]
5. Dee in Iowa wrote:

See its a tie between pro Fox and anti Fox…....but we all know (tongue in cheek) that Fox is the one, true light to the truth….ggggggggggggggggggggggggagggggggggggggggggg me with a spoon

[Slightly edited by Elf - too many g’s a mess of the blog formatting makes!]

December 31, 12:20 pm | [comment link]
6. Sarah wrote:

RE: “Fox is the one, true light to the truth. . . “

Heh.  Oh no—there’s so many others as well now.

But ‘tis true—conservatives need only have one tv news source to counter the other collectivist television media.  ; > )

May that one’s audience continue to soar.

December 31, 12:32 pm | [comment link]
7. Katherine wrote:

Alas for #1, #3, and #5, this story does not affect Fox News or Fox Business at all, only the Fox broadcast network, which runs TV shows and sports.

I don’t watch Fox News opinion shows, or CNN, MSNBC, etc., opinion shows.  For the straight news shows, not opinion, Fox consistently does a better job at trying to present various sides of the arguments, and at reporting what’s out there.  For the opinion shows, I don’t see a qualitative difference between theirs and MSNBC, CNN, etc., other than a different bias.

December 31, 6:08 pm | [comment link]
8. Katherine wrote:

Actually, according to a local website, it doesn’t even affect Fox broadcast.  It’s the Food Network and some others.

December 31, 6:35 pm | [comment link]
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