ATVA Statement: No Glee for World Series and American Idol Viewers: News Corp. Threatens FOX Network Blackout on DISH Network, Cablevision in Retransmission Battles

Oct 14, 2010

“News Corporation is again holding viewers hostage, threatening to pull its FOX broadcast network from DISH and Cablevision subscribers. There will be no Glee for World Series and American Idol fans if News Corp. deprives viewers of watching these popular shows.  To protect consumers from being held hostage during broadcast programming carriage disputes, the federal government must reform the current retransmission consent rules.  We urge consumers to contact their Members of Congress and News Corp. to demand that local FOX stations stay on the air during business negotiations.”