Cablevision vs Scripps Fight Over Food Network/HGTV Could Last Weeks Longer

UPDATE: Cablevision just gave me this hardball statement:

“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. 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.”

Scripps Networks Interactive made good on its threat from yesterday because of its war with Cablevision over programming fees. About 3 million subscribers are affected. Both channels have some special Sunday night programming scheduled, including an Iron Chef episode featuring ingredients from Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden, so I suspect there’ll be a surrender before then.

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