Cablevision Systems Corp. and Fox Networks reached an agreement ending a two-week stalemate marked by heated rhetoric, legal actions and missed sporting events.
The animosity continued even after an agreement was reached as Cablevison complained about agreeing to pay Fox "an unfair price" and about "the absence of any meaningful action" from the Federal Communications Commission.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fox is owned by News Corp., which also owns Dow Jones & Co., publisher of this newswire and The Wall Street Journal.
"Cablevision has agreed to pay Fox an unfair price for multiple channels of its programming including many in which our customers have little or no interest," the cable operator said in an emailed statement. "Cablevision conceded because it does not think its customers should any longer be denied the Fox programs they wish to see."
The agreement covers Fox 5 and My9 in New York, Fox 29 in Philadelphia and the cable channels Fox Deportes, Fox Business Network, and Nat Geo Wild.
The signals for all stations and cable channels were restored Saturday before the first pitch of World Series Game 3 on Fox. Cablevision's 3 million mostly New York area households already had missed the first two games of the series, the National League Championship Series and a New York Giants football game.