Cablevision Vs. WFSB: Can’t We Just All Get Along?

Cablevision Vs. WFSB: Can’t We Just All Get Along?
2 comments, 01/06/2014, by , in LOCAL, TV

It’s always funny to me when two massive corporations just can’t agree on something like money. This time around it is a dispute between Cablevision OptimumTV and CBS Connecticut affiliate WFSB Channel 3.

The two could not come to an agreement to continue to run WFSB’s programming on Cablevision OptimumTV.

Of course, there are always two sides to a story. Here is what each side is saying. Who do you agree with?

 

WFSB’S SIDE OF THE STORY:

 

By WFSB Staff

 

WFSB - Cablevision’s contract to carry WFSB on its cable system has expired.By law, Cablevision OptimumTV no longer has the right to carry our programming.Please know that we have tried very hard to reach an agreement with Cablevision, so that our viewers would not have to miss any of our station’s around-the-clock reporting of news, politics, traffic, weather emergencies, public service announcements, and favorite local and national programming. Now that Cablevision OptimumTV has removed our signal from your channel lineup, you will miss CBS programs like the AFC playoffs with the New England Patriots and other NFL games; CSI Miami, the Mentalist, Two And A Half Men, Big Bang Theory and 60 Minutes as well as our local, Connecticut-focused programming.We are disappointed in the outcome of our attempts to negotiate with Cablevision, especially since we have successfully reached agreements with every major cable and satellite company that recognizes our fairmarket value . The fact is that we are only asking Cablevision OptimumTV for pennies a day for our programming. Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations such as WFSB will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you. In addition to providing top-rated CBS programming to you, we have invested our resources in order to provide the best in local and regional programming to serve all Connecticut residents.

We will continue to reach out to Cablevision. Unfortunately, we do not know if, or when, Cablevision will be willing to negotiate and whether we will reach an agreement. In the meantime, we hope you will continue supporting local television and watch us through alternative means.

You can watch us for free over the air with an antenna, or you may choose to subscribe to DirecTV (1-800-DIRECTV), Dish Network (1-888-825-2557) or AT&T U-verse (1-877-597-9067) which all carry WFSB and the other local television stations in our market.

We also encourage you to continue calling Cablevision OptimumTV and to tell them you want WFSB back. You can reach Cablevision OptimumTV by calling 203-870-2583. If you would like to email us, send your emails to returnmywfsb@wfsb.com.

Thank you for supporting LOCAL television.

Know the facts

Question: If I can no longer receive WFSB on Cablevision, will I be able to watch Channel 3 News or New England Patriots games?

Answer: Not on Cablevision. However you can use an over-the-air antenna or switch to DirecTV (1-800-DIRECTV), Dish Network (1-888-825-2557) or AT&T U-verse (1-877-597-9067) which all carry WFSB and the other local television stations in our market.

Question: Why have you not yet reached an agreement with Cablevision?

Answer: Meredith Corporation, the company that owns WFSB, continues to negotiate for its fair market value. For many years, WFSB has provided viewers with news, traffic, weather, political coverage and public service announcements, as well as high quality local and national programming. Despite WFSB’s high ratings and service to the community, our station is compensated far less than most cable networks . Cablevision OptimumTV profitsby including broadcast stations like WFSB in its line-up. We are asking Cablevision OptimumTV for pennies a day. Like any other business, Cablevision OptimumTV should pay fair market value for the ability to resell our programming for you.

Question: What do you mean fair market value?

Answer: The fair value we are asking for amounts to pennies a day per Connecticut subscriber. Remember, Cablevision OptimumTV already charges you to receive our local stations as part of your monthly bill. Cablevision OptimumTV also charges you for dozens of channels you have probably never seen and others you hardly watch at all. The rates we are asking for are a fraction of what Cablevision OptimumTV probably pays for many of those cable networks. Local broadcasters around the country are negotiating for fair compensation and an even playing field with pay-TV providers so that we can continue to provide you with your favorite programming.

Question: Why should Cablevision OptimumTV pay for a signal that is available for free to over-the-air viewers?

Answer: It costs a substantial amount of money to produce local programming, bid for top-quality programming, invest in high-definition and make other upgrades to equipment and technology so we can deliver a superior product. WFSB must be on a level playing field with cable networks so we can continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment and other local programming that is important to you. The fees we charge are poured back in to resources to cover local news and public affairs, something Cablevision has decided not to do.

Question: So, what are my options?

Answer: It is important to know that you have many choices. You can always watch WFSB for free and in high definition over-the-air by using an antenna. We also have agreements with several other pay-TV providers in your area such as DISH, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.

Question: What can I do in the meantime?

Answer: Call Cablevision OptimumTV and tell them you want WFSB back. Cablevision’s phone number is 516-803-2300.

 

CABLEVISION OPTIMUM-TV’S SIDE OF THE STORY:

This is currently running on a loop on Channel 3 if you’re a Cablevision subscriber:

FSB1

WFSB2

FSB3

FSB4

FSB5

FSB6

FSB7

FSB8

 

Personally I could care less about any of this. Like most people, I get most of my news online or from my phone (and FSB has an app!) anyway.

I will say though, the one part of this disagreement that will make me mental is the loss of local broadcasts of the New England Patriots games. WE ARE IN NEW ENGLAND! We HAVE to see the Pats games! C’mon! Granted, the season is over now and all the playoff games are on national television anyway. But if they can’t figure out this nonsense by the start of next year’s NFL season… heads will roll.

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Cantsay
    January 6th, 2014 11:11

    Supposedly an agreement was already reached for every area except Fairfield County. Fairfield County is being forced to pay for CT CBS & also NY CBS and unless Optimum agrees to that, then they can not have CBS in CT at all. The funny part is, Fair County is the only area that can still watch the Patriots because they do still have CBS Channel 2. Cablevision did not remove WFSB, they asked to keep it going until an agreement was made, WFSB told them to remove it so they can use the consumer as a bargaining chip. People constantly complaining about their cable bill, but do you realize how many channels & contracts they are forced to carry just so the consumer can enjoy one channel? Optimum will pay for like 15 channels in a line up, just so the consumer can see the 2 they actually want to see…

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  2. HallerTristanM
    January 6th, 2014 11:01

    they took both cbs channels off not just wfsb

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