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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 03, 2010

Cablevision Customers in NYC Area May Be Without Oscars, ABC Starting March 7

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor

This Sunday, March 7, my plan is to sit down with my girlfriends, snacks and bottles of wine around 6:00 p.m. in my most comfy pj’s to watch my favorite event of the year – the Oscars.
Only, when I go to turn ABC on to see what outrageous outfit Tyra Banks is wearing or whether or not Sandra Bullock will be accompanied by her handsome biker husband, I may come to a messaging screen saying ABC is no longer aired on Cablevision in the NYC and surrounding areas.
Which – for me – would be overly tragic.
According to reports, a contract negotiation disagreement between Cablevision and the primetime network company have spurred this rumor, which is set to begin – if it happens – on the night of the heavily anticipated Oscars.
According to ET online, an ABC affiliate told the entertainment outlet that although Cablevision charges up to $18 per month to customers for their local networks, the cable giant pays nothing to the affiliates in exchange for being able to broadcast their programming.
Unless both parties can come to an agreement, ABC7 will stop being carried on Cablevision as of Sunday.
In addition to this being a major bummer to my exciting Sunday night plans, it seems as if Cablevision has had quite the battles recently, with not only this ABC drama, but also with the HGTV and Food Network issues it dealt with months back.
Let’s just hope this doesn’t really happen. If I can’t watch my latest dose of celebrity fashion, I don’t know what I’ll do!

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire