Fox channels go dark amid financial dispute - CNN.com
(CNN) -- News Corp. pulled the plug on Cablevision customers Saturday, blacking out more than 3 million households in the New York area over a programming fee dispute.
The blackout affects Fox 5 and My9, Charles Schueler, Cablevision's vice president of communications, said in a statement.
"Cablevision is calling on News Corp. to immediately put Fox 5 and My9 back on Cablevision and submit to binding arbitration under a neutral third party to reach a fair agreement," he said.
Fox Networks is entangled in a financial dispute over programming with Cablevision.
Cablevision claims Fox, which is owned by News Corp., is demanding too much money.
"In a difficult economy, it is unfair and wrong for News Corp. to demand a huge fee increase from Cablevision customers for Fox's Channel 5 and My9 -- and then threaten to pull the plug if they don't get what they want," Cablevision said in a statement.
But Fox says it deserves the money for quality programming.
Consumers brace yourself !