Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Cablevision drops Food, HGTV networks

By CNNMoney.com staff


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Cablevision Systems, a New York-area cable provider, said Friday it was no longer carrying The Food Channel and HGTV, two channels operated by Scripps Networks Interactive, in a dispute over distribution rights fees.

"We are sorry that Scripps' current financial difficulties are making it impossible for them to continue our relationship on terms that are reasonable for Cablevision and our customers," Cablevision (CVC, Fortune 500) said in a statement. "We wish Scripps well and have no expectation of carrying their programming again, given the dramatic changes in their approach to working with distributors to reach television viewers."

"Viewers love our talent and our shows, which is why Food Network and HGTV rank among the top networks in cable," said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman of Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), in a statement. "But our valuable networks simply are not being compensated like top ten networks by Cablevision."

Scripps says it has launched viewer Web campaigns aimed at getting the two networks back on Cablevision.

Cablevision says it serves 4.7 million households and 600,000 businesses in the New York area.

The dispute has been overshadowed by one involving the carrying of several News Corp. (NWSA) networks, including Fox Network, by Time Warner Cable (TWC) systems in several major cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Negotiations in that dispute extended past a midnight ET deadline. News Corp. has said it will stop Time Warner Cable from carrying Fox, six other national networks and some regional sports networks if a distribution rights agreement isn't reached. To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 16,643.01 -11.76 -0.07%
Nasdaq 4,828.33 15.62 0.32%
S&P 500 1,988.87 1.21 0.06%
Treasuries 2.19 0.02 0.83%
Data as of 4:10pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Freeport-McMoRan Inc... 10.50 0.31 3.04%
Bank of America Corp... 16.36 -0.08 -0.49%
Apple Inc 113.29 0.37 0.33%
Intel Corp 28.42 0.70 2.53%
Alcoa Inc 9.41 0.55 6.21%
Data as of Aug 28
Sponsors

Sections

Efforts to unionize low-wage employees of fast-food franchisees and outside contractors get lift from decision of NLRB. More

The U.S. economy has performed well this year. But there's lots of global gloom. Which will influence the Fed the most? More

You can continue to keep your two-year contract on Verizon, but the no-contract plans will save you money. More

How do you run a successful crowdfunding campaign? Indiegogo's CEO Slava Rubin offers his top tips and mistakes to avoid. More

Looking for something good on Netflix? These entertaining films will help you learn more about finance and investing. More