Viewers Caught Up In Fox, Cablevision Dispute

Negotiators for Cablevision and Fox parent News Corp. planned to resume talks Monday. They're trying to end a fee dispute that has left the cable company's three million subscribers in New York and Philadelphia without some of their favorite shows.

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INSKEEP: Okay, the baseball playoffs are heating up, and the football season is well underway. But if you were a Cablevision subscriber in New York, you could not watch either sport over the weekend on Fox. A contract dispute between the cable operator and the News Corporation - Fox's parent company - left three million households without access to Fox programming. Fox wants Cablevision to pay $150 million per year for the programming, up from the current $70 million. With more football this weekend, and the World Series beginning soon, the companies resume talks today.

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