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WPIX Blacked Out ‘Without Warning’ in Cablevision Homes

Cablevision subscribers have lost a key over-the-air station. WPIX/Channel 11 has been dropped temporarily by Cablevision in a dispute over retransmission fees.

The Bethpage-based cable provider said in a statement today that WPIX parent Tribune and its hedge fund owners were ‘‘demanding tens of millions in new fees from WPIX and other stations they own.’’

Cablevision added that the bankrupt Tribune “should stop their anti-consumer demands and work productively to reach an agreement.”

For Tribune’s part, they say negotiations were ongoing and WPIX was pulled “without warning.”

Tribune continued, “Cablevison took this action despite our offer of unconditional extension of the current carriage agreement with no change in terms while negotiations continued.

On its Twitter feed, WPIX was urging Cablevision customers to call (800) 298-3447 to restore the station.

Tribune has also established the Website, KeepPiX11.com. On it, they point out, “To be clear, Cablevision pulled PIX11 off the air in the middle of the night, without notice and while our current agreement was still in place.”

Cablevision is taking to the Internet as well, providing other viewing options for Tribune programming. It notes several prime time shows, including 90210, America’s Next Top Model, and Vampire Diaries are available free at cwtv.com.

In place of WPIX, Cablevision is airing the Style Network on Channel 11.

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