As the first game of the World Series approaches, Cablevision Systems fired off a revised offer in its retransmission consent dispute with Fox Networks, agreeing to pay the same rate Time Warner Cable pays for broadcast stations WNYW and WTXF for one year.
"In the interest of Cablevision's 3 million households and our mutual viewers, today we have made a new offer to News Corp.," Cablevision said in the statement. "Simply put: we agree to pay the rate Fox charges Time Warner Cable for carriage of WNYW-Fox 5 New York and WTXF-Fox 29 Philadelphia for a period of one year. This is higher than the rate we pay any other New York broadcast station. This solution is in the best interest of not only baseball fans but of all Cablevision customers and Fox viewers. We look forward to a positive response."
Fox pulled WNYW, WWOR, WTXF and a trio of cable channels from Cablevision on Oct. 16. Cablevision has repeatedly called for binding arbitration in the dispute, while Fox has insisted that face-to-face negotiations is the best path to a resolution.
The Cablevision statement seemed like an effort to enable customers to watch the first game of the World Series, which is scheduled to air on Fox tonight at 7:57 p.m. WWOR is a MyNetwork TV affiliate and will not broadcast the game.
Time Warner cable reached a retransmission agreement for WNYW earlier this year, While terms were not disclosed, some analysts estimated that Time Warner Cable agreed to a multi-year deal that started at between 40 cents and 60 cents per subscriber per month and stepped up to $1 per subscriber per month in the last year. http://www.multichannel.com/article/442358-Analysts_Weigh_In_On_Fox_Time...
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