Genachowski to Fox/Cablevision: The time for gamesmanship is over [Multichannel News]
The first pitch was thrown yesterday at 4 pm EDT in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series with no resolution of the dispute between Cablevison and Fox over carriage rates. Fox pulled six channels, including three broadcast stations in New York and Philadelphia when their previous agreement expired on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, Washington lawmakers and regulators continue their criticism of the ongoing fight. Most are going to great pain not to appear to be taking sides but they do express anger about consumers having lost the programming delivered on the Fox-owned stations.
Fox pulled their signals and chose not to agree to temporary out-of-contract carriage, a common practice while networks and distributors hammer out an agreement. This time, Fox has indicated that the parties were simply too far apart. It also came at a time when the network's leverage was at its height -- during the baseball playoffs, football season and, in a few days, the World Series.
In a tersely worded statement, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said,
I haven't seen any public response to his statement from either side.