The Oscars were on the air in New York City after ABC and Cablevision broke a negotiating stalemate Sunday evening (March 7).
The network went dark in New York City earlier on Sunday after ABC and Cablevision, which reaches 3.1 million subscribers in the New York area, were at an impasse over retransmission fees for the network’s New York affiliate, WABC. The stalemate imperiled the broadcast of the Academy Awards — and the show’s ratings, given that New York is the country’s largest media market.
“We’ve made significant progress, and have reached an agreement in principle that recognizes the fair value of [WABC], with deal points that we expect to finalize with Cablevision,” WABC president and general manager Rebecca Campbell says in a statement. “Given this movement, we’re pleased to announce that ABC7 will return to Cablevision households while we work to complete our negotiations.”
The agreement allowed New Yorkers with Cablevision service to get the Oscarcast shortly after it began.