Skip to comments.John Kerry Warns News Corp Against Fox Blackout
Posted on 12/31/2009 1:58:22 PM PST by Snickering Hound
Phone, cable and broadcast companies can get away with a lot in DC, but they best not stand between a man and his football games. As we noted yesterday, Time Warner Cable and News Corporation are engaged in a retransmission fee fight that could wind up with Fox programming being pulled from Time Warner Cable's channel lineup. This apparently displeases football fan and U.S. Senator John Kerry, who sent a letter to News Corp. warning them that Uncle Sam would step in if Fox programming is disrupted later on today
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They are a private company and can do whatever they want... that being said, if they drop fox I will drop them.
Geez, you’d think that a guy who works with Bawney Fwank all the time wouldn’t be so afraid of balls flying at his nose...
I am irritated that Fox moved up the Dallas game to 4:15 meaning I will miss it Washington plays at San Diego at 4:15.
First of all, John Kerry, this is none of your damn business..
Secondly, does this only affect Time Warner standard cable or both digital and standard cable(We have digital in the den so thats why Im asking)
Damn decisions decisions, Directv or Dish
Thank god for REAL hero’s like John F Kerry.
Doing the jobs others in congress won’t touch.
Stay strong senator and hope there are no more nightmares of Christmas in Cambodia.
This is what he was really saying. The democrats want to control every part of your life.
I’d like to see Fox leave them.
Why support a liberal corporation that seeks your undoing?
John Kerry images on the Net are just way too hilarious...
Did he send a threatening letter to Time-Warner?
This affects all TWC customers.
So it doesnt matter if you have digital cable or just standard cable(not digital) it is affected?
Watching football in America is a RIGHT, dang nabbit!.... march in the streets for social justice! There IS no security in America unless we are secure in our knowledge that the NFL will be on television. All you NFL deniers should be ashamed!!! Not insuring that every American has equal access to football is just plain un-American!!! You free enterprise corporate cable lovers can go STRAIGHT TO HELL!!!! /sarc (of course) ;-)
You did not have to go there...
Yes. If Time Warner Cable is transmitting your local Fox affiliate to you instead of using a digital antenna on your home, then yes.
Well we do have a digital cable box, would that TV that has digital cable still receive Fox? My room and the other 3 TVs have standard cable, but the one in the den has digital box
Dittos to that! TWC just raised my rate again for their crappy service anyway. Have already been pricing Direct TV and At&t.
The government controls banks, 2 auto makers and is working on the healthcare industry. Why not control TV too?
IIRC, several years back there was a similar issue where football wouldn't be broadcast in a certain area, and John Kerry stuck his nose in the middle of it.
Is Kerry the Senator from France, or Vietnam? I keep forgetting.
Go to hell, JOhn KERry
John Kerry wants his 15 minutes of fame. Let him go to Iran, lets hope they want to keep him. Would do us a HUGE favor
I’ve been pricing Directv and Dish..don’t know which is better to go with
Friggin' amazing how the government can step in and fix ANY problem, isn't it?
Anybody remember where we put that old Constitution thing?
Is Kerry still in DC or is he back "home" in Massachusetts?
Aw geeez...You did not have to go there..
Stahting tomowwow, I pwomise...nah...it's Kewwey and Fwank...no new weaf...
I guess we’re going to find out.
We have no digital converter boxes in this house, so we may be out of luck come football time. I guess I’ll be searching the webz for an illegal feed. heh.
Drive a nail into Time Warner’s black heart.
If the shoes were reversed they would destroy Fox.
The local CBS affiliate in Topeka did this recently with Cox Cable. They had an interesting argument - the cable company participates in no way in the cost and production of programming (or fees to the NCAA etc), so why should they be allowed to air it for free, and profit from it.
The interesting counter-argument a local talk radio guy made was: what about the Drudge Report. They don’t produce anything that they link to...yet they profit from it. What’s the difference?
The question also came up: “Isn’t CBS worried about losing viewership, if their spot on the cable dial goes dark?” Surprisingly, the station manager said that the bulk of their viewership (something like 70%) watched on an antenna, which really surprised me.
Ultimately, the local affiliate won (were using final 4 tournament for leverage). They got a per subscriber fee, which Cox passed directly onto their customers....
Which opens up a whole new argument over a la cart programming...
Alot to ponder. I think Fox should be able to charge for their product though, so I’m on their side...but if I had cable, I would probably cancel it as a result. WHAT THE HECK does John Kerry have to do with this...and why does he think his committee has ‘jurisdiction’?
This affects all FOX prorgamming: FX, Fox News and your Fox affilate. Rupert Murdock wants a buck a subscriber from Time Warner and Comcast or HE yanks it. It’s not them taking it off.
TW has offered 50-60 cents per customer and will accept arbitration. Rupert is the one play Hardball to use a competitors term.
If he wins, Disney and all the others will follow suit and then our cable bills will be really hit hard.. I’ll break out the rabbit ears to watch the Bearcats beat the Gators.
Lucky for me the Bengals are on NBC this weekend.
The local Fox TV station, FX channel and some Fox Sports Net channels will be cut off for all Time Warner customers. It doesn’t matter if it is digital cable or standard.
If you have an antenna and a TV capable of receiving digital TV (HDTV or over the air converter box) you can get the local Fox channel with an antenna.
Personally, I think Time Warner isn’t the bad guy in this. Rupert Murdoch is trying to get a more than 300% increase in the fees paid by Time Warner, fees that will be directly passed on to Time Warner cable customers. Murdoch is trying to get one dollar per subscriber for the local Fox affiliate. The current average is 30 cents per subscriber.
Yes FOX has the right to ask whatever it wants, but Time-Warner also has the right to negotiate it to something sane. After all, whatever they agree to, YOU will be getting the extra bill!
” because two parties couldnt come together in time is no solution.”
Not touchin’ it!
The one nice thing about dish, is that once you have service on your home, you can set it up rather easily on your motor-home.
My brother uses that feature. When you’re out camping or traveling for a few weeks to a month, it’s nice not to be totally cut off.
Not all. Two years ago, TWC in North Idaho had the same dispute with the local FOX station - we went without FOX for one year. It was brutal missing 24 and NFL games, I would have switched to satellite in an instant, but we can't get a signal where we live.
From looking at the local TWC website, it looks like the agreement that they reached last year is still in effect and we will not lose FOX again in this current dispute.
That is awesome for you guys then. Too bad you missed so many games.
F*** the NFL and all who support the liberal bastion of evil...
We found that Direct didn’t allow local networks so we stayed with Dish which is ok but I think much too expensive for programs we like to watch.
John Kerry on Fox’s side- either he owns the stock or he started partying already
And Kerry has what power to do this other than thinking he is someone?
Wait a minute! Kerry's sending a threatening letter to News Corp? Seems to me he oughta be sending the threatening letter to Time Warner, the ones who are threatening to drop Fox.
Oh, wait...that's right, News Corp (Fox) are the bad guys, Time Warner are the Dim-o-crap apologists.
Yea,yea,my wife has breast cancer,but this is football
were talking about!!
Abuse of power.
I would make sure that his television set was one that was blacked out.
I’ve had DirecTV for years and I don’t think you can beat the service they provide. I’ve heard the opposite about Dish TV but I’ve never dealt with them so I don’t know.