We may have spoken too soon when we wrote that no resolution appeared to be on the horizon in the Fox/Cablevision water balloon war over carriage fees.
With only hours to go before the World Series begins airing on Fox, a rep for Cablevision released the following statement to Consumerist:
In the interest of Cablevision’s 3 million households and our mutual viewers, today we have made a new offer to News Corp. Simply put: we agree to pay the rate Fox charges Time Warner Cable for carriage of WNYW-Fox 5 New York and WTXF-Fox 29 Philadelphia for a period of one year. This is higher than the rate we pay any other New York broadcast station. This solution is in the best interest of not only baseball fans but of all Cablevision customers and Fox viewers. We look forward to a positive response.
Now we just sit and wait to see if Rupert Murdoch’s team accepts the offer.
What this means for Cablevision subscribers’ rates remains to be seen. We’ve requested a comment on this topic from the cable company and will update when we hear anything back.