Football, 'Simpsons' At Risk In Fox Cable Dispute

The Fox television network has rejected an offer from Time Warner Cable to submit to binding arbitration in a dispute over fees. The current deal expires at midnight Thursday. If no deal is reached, millions of cable subscribers could lose programs including The Simpsons and several football bowl games.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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INSKEEP: Time Warner Cable and one of its major program providers, News Corp, are in a fight over fees. TV viewers could end up losers here. It started when News Corp began demanding payment from the cable provider if it carried FOX TV stations.

In the past, Time Warner could show FOX TV stations for free but paid for News Corp's cable channels. Time Warner says News Corp is asking too much. If the two do not reach a deal by midnight tonight, News Corp will pull the FOX signals and more than 13 millions Time Warner subscribers around the country would not be able to watch programs like "The Simpsons" and big football games, including the Sugar Bowl.

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