Wednesday, March 3, 2010

ABC off the air for Cablevision!?

This is one of those he said she said moments on cable TV. ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, and all the other ABC/ESPN network channels will be cut off the air on March 7, unless a deal is reached. Apparently ABC is demanding a $40,000,000 increase so they can carry the channels while Cablevision refuses to add this "tax" to their subscribers. I watch ESPN more often than ABC, however, this is getting ridiculous. If you are a cablevision subscriber, then you are being affected by this change:

Here's more info taken from

  • ABC is threatening to pull the plug on WABC-7 unless Cablevision and its customers agree to pay millions of dollars in new fees. Cablevision has asked ABC to continue delivering WABC-7, but instead ABC is holding Cablevision customers hostage by threatening to pull its programming.
  • In these difficult and challenging economic times, it is not fair for ABC to force Cablevision and its customers to pay what amounts to a new TV tax for the same programming that is available today for free over the air and on the Internet.
  • Cablevision already pays ABC's parent company more than $200 million per year to carry its channels; now ABC wants a 20 percent fee increase for exactly the same programming.
  • It is wrong for ABC to demand $40 million in new fees to help pay the salaries and bonuses for top ABC executives.
  • Cablevision has tried in good faith to reach a fair agreement with ABC. In fact, top Cablevision executives traveled to ABC offices in California earlier this month, and had lengthy face-to-face meetings this week in Bethpage and New York City. We have made numerous proposals, all of which have been rejected.
  • Programs you won't be watching include:NBA Basketball, MLB Baseball, Dancing with the Stars, etc.

This isn't fun, really, but what can we do about it?

Send this message:
Dear ABC:
Now is not the time to demand a $40 million annual rate increase!

Tell ABC not to take their channel off Cablevision and negotiate a deal that is fair for everyone!

That is all.

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