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No Game 1 for Cablevision subscribers

Oct 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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The weeks-long dispute between FOX and Cablevision rages on and, despite some last minute negotiating that gave some people hope, negotiations have broken down and Game 1 of the World Series will not appear on Cablevision. Predictably, each side blames the other, with FOX calling Cablevision’s last offer “a publicity stunt” and Cablevision accusing FOX of negotiating in bad faith.

While it’s easy to see this as a battle of two big companies motivated by greed — which happens to be partially true, of course — there’s a lot more going on here.  We’re in the middle, or maybe at the beginning, of a fundamental shift in how content gets delivered. Content companies like FOX are increasingly able to bypass cable companies like Cablevision.  There are already a handful of ways for viewers to bypass the cable companies and get that content — HD antennas and live streaming come to mind — and as time goes on there will be even more and easier ways to accomplish this.  The people who provide the content will be able to flex their muscles more and more as they find themselves with greater leverage over cable providers, and as such, we’re going to continue to see this story play out.

Not that that makes Cablevision subscribers who want to watch Cliff Lee take on Tim Lincecum tonight feel any better.

  1. Utley's Hair - Oct 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    So the cable monstrosity is being schooled by the media behemoth–great. And the only ones who get screwed are the people who provide the companies with the money they’re fighting over.

    • bigharold - Oct 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM

      Just a case of one billionaire getting into a pissing contest with another billionaire over who going to get deeper into my pocket.

      F$@# FOX!

  2. yankees1996 - Oct 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Boycott, anyone?

  3. osmodious - Oct 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    It’s really funny how, with all of the technological advancement and multiple content delivery methods, due to the borderline monopolies running things, and the ludicrous exclusivity and ‘lockout’ ridden contracts media owners make, we actually have LESS true choice than ever! This is basically what we are allowed to choose between:
    A) Slap on left side of face
    B) Poke in left eye
    C) Slap on right side of face
    D) Poke in right eye
    E) Pirate all of the content you really want from bittorrent
    F) Rediscover the joys of reading

    Yeah, thanks Fox & Cablevision, I think I’ll take answer F…short for. Oh, never mind.

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