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FCC Now Tweeting Baseball Playoff Updates for Irate FOX-Cablevision Subscribers

An unresolved dispute between cable TV provider Cablevision and FOX's parent company, News Corp., has led FOX to pull New York's FOX 5 and My9 from the Cablevision channel lineup. Nobody would probably care too much about this except for the fact that the spat, now in day six, has coincided with baseball's National League Championship Series (on FOX), meaning that three million subscribers could not watch the Giants-Phillies games.

In dueling press releases, Cablevision says News Corp. is guilty of an act of "corporate greed." News Corp. says that it is actually Cablevision’s "demand for preferential treatment" that is causing the problem. Cablevision has also called for News Corp. to agree to a mediation with the Federal Communications Commission to resolve the issue, and two U.S. senators from New Jersey have jointly asked the chairman of the FCC to intervene.

The FCC has not intervened, but rest assured, our nation's communications regulator is not sitting idly by. Claiming on its Twitter page last night that it was going to help "fill in the baseball void for those without Fox-Cablevision," the FCC began tweeting updates on the Phillies-Giants game.

So there's that.

Posted by Bruce Carton on October 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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