Jan 8, 2014
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Patriots NFL Playoff Game on CBS? Not for Connecticut Cablevision Customers (Updated)

Patriots NFL Playoff Game on CBS? Not for Connecticut Cablevision Customers (Updated)

The playoff game preview image on the New England Patriots website.

Editor's note: The battle between Cablevision and WFSB has intensified, with a new message posted on the Cablevision website opening with the declaration:

Do You Think It's Fair To Pay
Two Times For The Same Thing?

"The Owners of WFSB Channel 3 CBS Think So...And They Are Holding Cablevision Customers in Parts of Central Litchfield and Three Towns in New Haven County Hostage Unless Cablevision Pays for TWO CBS Channels in Fairfield County," the message goes on to say, adding later, "It is outrageous and unfair for the WFSB owners to hold customers in parts of central Litchfield and three towns in New Haven County hostage while demanding that customers in a different part of Connecticut pay for two CBS channels." See the full message, and our original post from Jan. 7 below:

The 12-4 AFC East Champion New England Patriots will host the AFC South Champion Indianapolis Colts in a playoff game Saturday night. It’s a huge game, with the winner advancing to the AFC Championship, meaning Patriots fans who aren't at Gillette Stadium will be glued to a big-screen TV somewhere, watching the game on CBS.

But customers of Cablevision in Litchfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut won’t be seeing the game at all—unless they leave home, watch online or a dispute is worked out between Cablevision and the corporate parent of a Connecticut CBS affiliate, WFSB.

The dispute has WFSB blacked out on Cablevision systems serving subscribers in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties.

That status also means, for example, that those customers likely missed new episodes of the hugely popular show “NCIS” and the new series “Intelligence” on Tuesday evening.

And while Fairfield County Cablevision customers can see the NFL playoff game, and other CBS programming, on a second CBS affiliate, WCBS in New York City, customers in New Haven and Litchfield counties are out of luck—unless they resort to other options.

"Nearly all daytime and primetime programming is available online at www.cbs.com. The NFL playoff games being aired on CBS will be available online free at www.cbssports.com," a message on the Cablevision website says, adding, "Customers in Litchfield and New Haven will be kept informed and can visit www.cablevision.com/CT-CBS for additional information. You can also call 1-877-668-8829 to urge your elected officials to tell WFSB to put CBS programming back on in your area."

Bethpage, N.Y.-based Cablevision is playing hardball in its dispute with the corporate parent of WFSB, according to the latest New Haven Register story on the dispute.

Cablevision announced late Monday afternoon that is asking the Federal Communications Commission to launch a special investigation into whether WFSB's corporate parent, The Meredith Corp., is meeting public interest obligations that are an important component of all television station licenses.

The move came three days after WFSB yanked its signal from Cablevision systems serving subscribers in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties.

Cablevision says it has agreed to pay for carriage of WFSB in parts of Litchfield and New Haven Counties, where it is the local CBS affiliate, but refuses to do so in Fairfield County, where it already pays for a second CBS affiliate, WCBS in New York City.

See the full story at the New Haven Register online.

 

Patriots NFL Playoff Game on CBS? Not for Connecticut Cablevision Customers (Updated)

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