WFSB pulls plug on Cablevision day before NFL playoff games

AP peyton-manning-denver-broncos-2013-quarterback-4The long brewing dispute between Cablevision and WFSB came to a head Friday evening when the CBS affiliate pulled its programming off the cable provider’s offerings.

Cablevision has agreed to pay for WFSB programming for its customers in New Haven and Litchfield counties, where WFSB is the only CBS affiliate. WFSB won’t accept that deal without Fairfield County being part of the arrangement.

Cablevision claims that its Fairfield County customers should not have to pay for WFSB programming on Channel 3 when they already receive WCBS’ offerings on Channel 2.

WFSB says it has negotiated similar deals with other cable companies, and is only asking for recognition of its fair market value and equitable treatment.

In a statement, Cablevision’s public relations representatives said, “In an unprecedented move, the WFSB owners have now pulled the plug on CBS programming in parts of central Litchfield and three New Haven County towns unless Cablevision and its customers agree to pay for two CBS channels in Fairfield County.

“It is outrageous and unfair for the WFSB owners to hold customers in parts of Litchfield and New Haven Counties hostage in order to force Fairfield County customers to pay twice for essentially the same CBS programming.”

WFSB’s press release read, “The fact is that we are only asking Cablevision OptimumTV for pennies a day for our programming. Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations such as WFSB will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming.”

The timing of the breakdown in talks comes a day before the NFL playoff games are to be held. Football fans won’t starve, though, as both NBC and CBS have said they will stream the games live online for the first time. But for those who haven’t figured out to watch streaming Internet on their big screens, the sports bar might be a better option than the iPad for watching the games.

You can read more about the dispute between Cablevision and WFSB here.

Categories: General
Christine Hall

13 Responses

  1. Ned Phillips says:

    The entire leadership of Cablevision OptimumTV are bullies! Remember when the whole idea of paid cable TV came up, it was to free us of commercials. How did that work out?

    WFSB is great for us in the Bridgeport-Stamford area, much better than the other New Haven stations. Cablevistion is wrong, again!

  2. Jimal says:

    The solution is as easy as going to the store of your choice (I went to Home Depot) and picking up an HDTV antenna. Tnstall it on your TV and enjoy a better (uncompressed) HD and/or standard picture. If you can afford to pay your cable bill you can afford to do this.

  3. Raj says:

    May all cable companies and major networks go belly up tomorrow- we can only hope. The last few years have seen awful programing and content, along with skyrocketing prices. Let those executives drop dead!

  4. jsp81355 says:

    The fees that Cablevision charges customers are already totally outrageous. They have customers right where they want them – in their back pocket. Someone needs to stand up to Cablevision and prove to them that they cannot hold tv stations or customers hostage over their unacceptable rates and deadlines.

  5. Raven says:

    fairfield county may be able to get CBS programing from New York but they won’t be able to get local news. hello who doesn’t realize this…

  6. karen says:

    SO I am wondering…. if Cablevision is no longer going to pay for us to have Channel 3 in Fairfield County, will our bills be reduced accordingly? Or does Cablevision just pocket it? Guess I already know the answer to that one. Screwed by Cablevision once again.

  7. TV Grinch says:

    Is this Cablevision’s way of eliminating competition for News12? Fox61 is gone now WFSB.

    The “New York market” Cablevision cites was carved up back in the 1950s when TV was new and you could only receive TV through the air.

  8. Bob says:

    Typical Cablevision bull. Make it sound like everyone else’s fault. They are nothing but profit mongers.

  9. Veritas says:

    Dolan is crying on his way to the bank again….

  10. conroy says:

    Viewers in Fairfield County were not represented.Channel 2 is NY. Fairfield County and WFSB are both Connecticut and WFSB provides not just CBS news but also Connecticut news, which Channel 2 does not.Fairfield county is regarded as NY so There is no strong voice in the state for Fairfield County which pays most of the State’s revenues.Fairfield County is not New York and should receive WFSB, if one of the CBS stations should be removed it should be Channel 2, not 3.

  11. Kevin says:

    Cablevision: “It is outrageous and unfair for the WFSB owners to hold customers in parts of Litchfield and New Haven Counties hostage in order to force Fairfield County customers to pay twice for essentially the same CBS programming.”

    What about “It is outrageous and unfair that subscribers in New Haven County have to pay twice for carriage of the NY channels that do not cover their area.”

  12. Kevin says:

    WCBS does NOTHING for Fairfield County and Bridgeport. If what Cablevision said is true, then why are the NY channels on in NH County? So the NH people wants 2 channels and the Bridgeport people don’t? Is that what you are saying Cablevision?

  13. George says:

    Do like I did and cut the cable. Most people don’t know that they can get most NYC, NH and Hartford channels with a good old fashion TV antenna ALL in HD (and better quality than what the cable companies are giving you). And BEST of all once you pay the initial cost of the antenna it’s FREE. I am saving BIG bucks without TV from Comcast.