FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Cable television viewers in Fairfield County who subscribe to Cablevision no longer have WFSB in their channel lineup.
On Friday night, the CBS affiliate from Connecticut pulled its programming from Cablevision systems in Fairfield County as well as in New Haven and Litchfield counties as part of a long-running dispute over fees.
Cablevision’s customers in Connecticut continue to have access to CBS programming on WCBS Channel 2. Cablevision is a local provider in Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
Cablevision has agreed to pay for WFSB programming for its customers in New Haven and Litchfield counties, where WFSB is the only CBS affiliate. WFSB won’t accept that deal without Fairfield County being part of the arrangement.
In a statement, Cablevision’s public relations representatives said, “In an unprecedented move, the WFSB owners have now pulled the plug on CBS programming in parts of central Litchfield and three New Haven County towns unless Cablevision and its customers agree to pay for two CBS channels in Fairfield County.
“It is outrageous and unfair for the WFSB owners to hold customers in parts of Litchfield and New Haven Counties hostage in order to force Fairfield County customers to pay twice for essentially the same CBS programming.”
In a statement, WFSB said, “The fact is that we are only asking Cablevision OptimumTV for pennies a day for our programming. Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations such as WFSB will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming.”
Cablevision customers can watch CBS national programming on Channel 2, including prime-time shows, but lose local Connecticut programs, including WFSB's local newscasts and show, as well as possibly some regional sports events.