Cablevision Subscribers At Risk Of Losing ABC Soaps! (UPDATED!)
Updated on March 8:
Great news… those who were at risk of losing their ABC soap operas don’t have to worry any longer, as Cablevision and ABC7 have come to an agreement!
“We’ve made significant progress, and have reached an agreement in principle that recognizes the fair value of ABC7, with deal points that we expect to finalize with Cablevision,” said WABC prexy/GM Rebecca Campbell. “Given this movement, we’re pleased to announce that ABC7 will return to Cablevision households while we work to complete our negotiations.”
Soaps.com is happy for all of our readers who were going to be affected by this change.
Previously Reported on March 2:
For our readers who live in Long Island, Westchester, Brooklyn, the Bronx and selected suburbs of Connecticut and New Jersey, and are subscribers of Cablevision, you may no longer be able to view your favorite ABC Daytime soap operas. After two years of not being able to reach an agreement, Cablevision has decided not to carry ABC7. The network drop that will put soap opera fans at risk will take place on Monday March 8.
President and General Manager of ABC7, Rebecca Campbell, Stated, “Year after year, ABC7 is the most watched station in New York…and the country. Unfortunately, as of March 7, ABC7 may no longer be carried on Cablevision systems in Long Island, Westchester, Brooklyn, the Bronx and selected suburbs of Connecticut and New Jersey. For the past two years ABC7 has tried, without success, to reach an agreement with Cablevision to carry ABC7. Why? Because Cablevision’s position is that ABC7 is worth little to nothing to its business and its proposed offers have been consistently unreasonable and unrealistic. And that’s a shame. ABC7 delivers some of the most popular programming carried on Cablevision today, shows like General Hospital, All My Children, One Life to Live, “The View,” “Regis and Kelly,” “Oprah,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” Dancing with the Stars, and so much more. We think these shows are valuable. And Cablevision’s bills show that they agree, since their customers already pay for ABC7 as part of the Broadcast Basic Tier…a service for which customers pay as much as $18 each month. What the bill doesn’t show is how much Cablevision pays ABC7 for these programs…nothing! That’s right, they charge customers for ABC7 then keep ALL the money. ABC7 will continue to work with Cablevision to reach a fair agreement, but regardless of the outcome, ABC7 is available to those areas in New York through a variety of other providers as well as free, over the air. Customers can visit ABC7 to make their voices heard and for details on how to switch providers.”
Fans can also call 1-877-990-ABC7. There have been Facebook pages set up as well to join the fight against this called ‘Cablevision…Don’t take away my ABC7’ and ‘Save ABC7 New York From Cablevision Greed’.
Soaps.com hopes the network and cable company reach an agreement in the near future. We sympathize with fans who will no longer be able to view their soaps and remind them to feel free to visit our Daily Updates, which include live screen shots for every episode.