FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Unless a new agreement is reached, Cablevision subscribers in Fairfield County will be losing Channel 3, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, in 2014.
Cablevision's contract to carry WFSB on its cable system will expire at midnight on Dec. 31, and by law, Cablevision OptimumTV will no longer have the right to carry copyrighted programming from the station.
If a new agreement is not reached, residents in Darien, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton, New Canaan and Fairfield could miss out on local WFSB news broadcasts as well as other regional programming.
Cablevision’s customers in Connecticut would continue to have access to CBS programming on WCBS Channel 2.
“The overwhelming majority of our Connecticut customers will continue to have access to CBS programming on WCBS Channel 2," said a statement from Cablevision. "Cablevision has already agreed to pay for carriage of WFSB Channel 3 in Litchfield and New Haven Counties, but WFSB’s owners are now threatening to black out CBS programming in those areas unless Cablevision and its customers agree to pay for two different CBS channels in Fairfield County. It’s an unprecedented request, and we call on the owners of WFSB Channel 3 to work with us on an agreement that is fair to our Connecticut customers.”
WFSB is asking residents to send emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.