Cablevision, Tribune end retrans spat

Connecticut Fox affil restored in time for Game 3 of World Series

Cablevision and Tribune Broadcasting have settled their dispute over retrans fees, the companies announced Friday, restoring signals in the tri-state area amid World Series telecasts.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stations had been dark since Aug. 17 including WTIC, a Fox affiliate to about 50,000 Cablevision homes in Connecticut who couldn’t watch the first two games of the World Series. NFL coverage on WTIC had been affected in previous weeks.

Cablevision issued a statement announcing resolution of the negotiations. “We are pleased to have reached agreement with Tribune to return its stations to Cablevision, particularly its Fox affiliate in Connecticut, the only source of Fox programming for about 50,000 of our customers. We sincerely appreciate the patience of our customers as we worked to reach an agreement that is consistent with our focus on minimizing the impact of rising programming costs on cable rates.”

Resolution comes on the heels of Connecticut State Senator Gayle Slossberg’s plea to the FCC to intervene in the two-month conflict.

Also being restored are CW affiliates WPIX, WCCT, and KWGN; MyNetwork affiliate WPHL, and WGN.

Cablevision, which serves about 3.6 million subscribers primarily in Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey, had alleged that Tribune was refusing to negotiate the value of WTIC separately from the lesser value CW affils.

Game 3 of the World Series is scheduled for Saturday night in Detroit.

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