Cablevision and Fox had an agreement for Cablevision to carry WNYW, WWOR, and WTXF that expired at 11:59 pm EDT on October 15, 2010. They have been negotiating to renew that agreement, but failed to reach a new agreement before the deadline. As a result, Cablevision stopped carrying WNYW, WWOR, and WTXF. This dispute affects only Cablevision subscribers who wish to view programming on WNYW, WWOR, and WTXF. It does not affect Cablevision’s other programming, except as otherwise described below. If Cablevision and Fox reach a new agreement in the future, the affected programming may be restored to Cablevision’s system.
Cable and satellite operators carry local television broadcast stations based on contracts with the stations. When these contracts end, the parties extend or renew the contract. In almost all cases, agreement is reached and the station is carried without interruption. On some occasions, the operator and the station fail to reach an agreement, and the cable or satellite operator must drop the station until an agreement is reached. These are private agreements, though federal law requires the parties to negotiate with each other in good faith.
If you wish to view WNYW, WWOR, or WTXF, you may be able to use one of the following options to continue viewing the station:
To watch a television station over the air, you need either:
In either case, you will need an appropriate antenna connected to the TV set or the converter box. Depending on your location, this could be either an outdoor rooftop antenna or an indoor antenna.
To check for the over-the-air signals that can be received at your location, use the DTV Reception Maps available at www.dtv.gov/maps/.
For more information on antennas, see the Antenna Guide at www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/dtvantennas.html.
The negotiations between Cablevision and Fox also include certain cable networks: Fox Business, Nat Geo Wild, and Fox Deportes. Given Cablevision and Fox's failure to renew or extend their agreement for these cable networks by 11:59 pm EDT on October 15, 2010, Cablevision also stopped carrying those networks. Cable networks are not governed by the FCC's retransmission consent rules, and unlike broadcast television stations, they are not available over the air. They may, however, be available from the other pay TV services listed above. You can find out from the pay TV providers serving your area what programming networks they carry.
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