Cablevision Vs. WFSB: Can’t We Just All Get Along?
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.