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Cablevision Blacks Out WPIX

Fee dispute leads to a blackout of the Tribune-owned station.

A dispute over retransmission fees has pushed WPIX-TV off Cablevision.

The Tribune-owned station was dropped from Long Island's dominant cable provider's channel lineup over what Cablevision called "anti-consumer demands" by the WPIX parent.

But WPIX said it had hoped to keep the station on air while negotiations continued.

In a statement, Tribune wrote that "without warning, Cablevision unilaterally removed four Tribune stations in four markets from its cable systems. Cablevison took this action despite our offer of an unconditional extension of the current carriage agreement with no change in terms while negotiations continued."

Cablevision, meanwhile, fired back, arguing that Tribune was trying to solve its financial problems "on the backs of Cablevision customers."

Other Tribune-owned stations also went dark in south Jersey and in Connecticut.

Editor's Note: Patch has a partnership with PIX 11, called where the station features major stories from Patch sites in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

SLJ August 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM
When will we see a reduction on our bill, since we just lost 4 channels??? LOL....
Vincent August 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM
paul: "Jodi Applegate is looking MY-T-FINE..." Certainly you jest. It's just that WPIX has better make up pepople than I remember Cablevision's Channel 12 'never on Fios' had.
Chris Wendt August 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
We have Direct TV in our offices in Queens and our employees (200+) really like it. The use is mostly news, but also the Olympics, and any major soccer match in the world, as well as some minor soccer matches. We do NOT get NFL or MLB games because we are a business, but not in the business of (buying or selling) pro football or major league baseball games. Service, quality, price, we are happy with Direct TV.
Big_E August 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I dropped Cablevision over 10 years ago, and never have I thought, "I miss News12." DTV has much better customer service than Dolanvision, and I'd never switch back.
confectioner August 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I love WPIX
Squeaky August 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
How is Magic Jack? I have no house phone but miss it sometimes. Is it reliable?
matt stutterheim August 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Magic Jack has two versions, one requires a computer, which must be on all the time to give you phone service all the time. The newer version simply plugs into your internet router (and a wall power supply), and is on as long as your router is on, but this allows you to turn off your computer and still have phone service. We have 3 lines, split between 2-old and 1-new unit. The newer one is better as it reboots automatically on power failures, so it requires no attention at all. One great thing is that you can choose to have a non-local phone number (one of our three lines is a 305 number in Key West to allow local calls in and out of the Keys). The router should be hooked to high speed internet connection (we have Cablevison' Optimum Online). I believe Radio Shack has a free-trial policy with return privileges: buy the $69 unit (which includes 1 year of calls). But make sure you can return it. Reliable? Yes.
Squeaky August 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thanks Matt! I will give it a try.
LI Snowbird August 19, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Love my Ooma! Got it from Costco.
JACK COLLINS August 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I switched to FIOS last month if only for the fact that the DOLANS wont get my hard earned money anymore
Cosmo August 19, 2012 at 01:14 AM
We left cable when they blacked out the oscars a few years back. We said enough and since then they still have blacked out other programming. Best move we ever made. The service is so much better. The channels and picture is superior. News12, yea we missed it at first but channel 5 news is just as good.
Betsy August 19, 2012 at 02:36 AM
switched to Fios two month ago - never going back to Cable no matter how much they would lower my bill - the difference is incredible!!
John Starace August 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Hey, I live in Crookhaven also, and am getting sick of Cablevision ans It's little Monopoly. My sister switched to FIOS a year ago and she loves it. When will the people of Crookhaven be allowed to get it!
John Starace August 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Cablevision SUCKS!!!!!!
Jonathan Baker August 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I've been off for about a year now. Get my news from the internet. Get my entertainment from Netflix. I'm a happy camper 8>)
Denise Botiglione August 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
i dont watch anything on channel 11 except for morning news...so im not missing anything. I will watch channel 7 news thats all. they are not bullying me. I dont care. Take all the channels away...Im too busy to watch tv most of the time. Read a book.
Denise Botiglione August 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Amen! And who the heck would miss News12? I despise them. I could do the news/weather better! And I have absolutely no experience in the field whatsoever!
John Gruber August 20, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I've used DirecTV, Dish, Cablevision and Fios, and I'd have to say Fios has been the best experience, don't need to worry about the weather or any channels being blacked out
jonathan winant August 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
John Gruber AH, no blacked out channels yet. When Stations decide to raise rates to providers who pays? Should the provider deem the rate increase is cost prohibitive then they try to negotiate and or strike (blackout the channel).
hanna gracen August 20, 2012 at 08:34 PM
The only reason why I want Pix11 back is for my daytime shows and gossip girl re-runs
jonathan winant August 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Hanna get a life! money money money everyone wants more and if the stations charge providers more where do you think the money will come from OUR POCKETS this is the same thing as governments wasting our tax dollars then crying about the terrible financial state they are in. It's about banks giving out money to those who clearly would not be able to pasy it back and then we have to pay for the bail outs.
Vincent August 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
hanna gracen: the dumbing down of America.
John Gruber August 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I'm not sure what banks and bailouts have to do with this. A station becomes more popular with more viewers it charges more for its service. Supply and demand at its finest
jonathan winant August 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM
The connection to banks was simple to understand. Cablevision did not want to just sit back and tell subscribers there is a going to be a rate increase because Tribune raised the cost to allow cable to use thier signal. The analogy was that banks did whatever they wanted to do without consideration for the customers. Everyone suffered. Now cablevision is in a position to tell subscribers unless you want a rate increase we will fight those networks which want to outprice themselves from our market,. Had banks stood up and said what the hell is going on we can not allow individual banks to authorize mortages to those who clear;y can not pay them. Banks on the other hand cared less about cutomers.
Randi N Merrick Glasser August 22, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Optimum goes really slow.I luv channel 11 the way I luv channel 12.There's no Fios in Hampton Bays.I hope Fios come to Hampton Bays.I would give up channel 12 & get Fios in a Heart Beat(computer way too slow).I enjoyed reading every ones comments.Thank You!!!
Jack August 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I think you meant to say "Washington Nationals." The last Washing Senators team moved to Texas (and became the Rangers) in 1972.
George Mulligan August 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Jack, you are correct. I have been watching baseball for too many years. Should have said Nationals, not Senators. Glad you read the comment.
George Mulligan August 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Too bad Jodi Applegate had to leave NEWS12. If she were still there we would be seeing her on Cablevision. So Jodi (now Mrs Michael Kay) and the Mets are two things I'll miss while WPIX and Cablevision fight things out.
Al August 28, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Stayed with Cablevision for MSG Varsity then I realized Fios channel 1 had more Nassau high school sports. Varsity half the games are from Jersey and the City and Westchester and Connecticut. Fios only shows Long Island ans also has a lot of Hofstra games that Cablevision doesn't show.

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