On Wednesday Fox Network refused to agree to an offer by Time Warner Cable (TWC) to enter arbitration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help resolve an ongoing fee dispute between the two corporations. Fox and TWC have been locked in a battle over how much the cable company should be paying News Corp. for the right to deliver Fox networks into cable subscribers’ homes.

The two companies are still discussing this deal but if one cannot be reached by the December 31st deadline ALL of the Fox owned broadcast networks and some of its cable channels could disappear from 13 million subscribers’ homes come New Years Day.

FX, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Reality, Fox Soccer, and Fox Sports en Espanol are all slated to expire but Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not affected.

News Corp. wants to charge Time Warner Cable (TWC) $1 per subscriber for airing its broadcast station, Fox. In the past, providers have paid a fee only for cable networks — never for broadcast television.

If the new year doesn’t bring a new agreement, it would be a lose-lose situation for the companies. Time Warner Cable’s customers would undoubtedly be angered to lose access to programming like NFL Football, House, and American Idol, and some might cancel their subscriptions. At the same time, the Fox networks would lose millions of viewers that its advertisers want to reach.

The companies will likely come to an agreement. However, last year, Time Warner Cable and Viacom (VIA), which owns MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon, were deadlocked in a similar battle but reached an agreement early on January 1st.

So.. you’re going to take away the decent programming (FX, Family Guy, etc.) but leave us with the worst news network on the planet? That’s torture! Isn’t that against the Geneva convention or something? I mean.. they even have John Kerry involved!


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  1. Klondike says:

    Walking in the presnece of giants here. Cool thinking all around!

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