Sometimes there is a nice little spat in the entertainment sphere between cable operators and broadcasters over "carriage rates" -- the fees that cable companies pay broadcasters for their various programs. It's not all that rare or even especially important, except that innocent viewers often pay the ultimate price.
About five days ago, Cablevision
News Corp. took an unprecedented move by ordering Hulu (which is co-owned by News Corp., General Electric's
The biggest losers in this mess are the nearly 3 million viewers in New York, Philadelphia, and Connecticut who have experienced blackouts. So far, New Yorkers have missed two of the NLCS baseball games in addition to a N.Y. Giants matchup. Not to mention episodes of House! How could they?!
The biggest winner of this may be Verizon
That's more than can be said by the 3 million New Yorkers and Phillies fans who are at risk of missing chunks of highly rated games.
If the Yankees or Phillies make the World Series, there could be a Fox-televised game as soon as Oct. 27; is there actually any chance that the blackout will still be in effect?
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