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Your passive-aggressive government agencies at work! Today, when the San Francisco Giants faced off against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS, the official Twitter account for the Federal Communications Commission provided several updates on the game for Cablevision (s CVC) subscribers unable to watch the game due to the cable company’s ongoing dispute with Fox (s NWS). SERIOUSLY.
(At the risk of editorializing: Go Giants!)
Each update was accompanied with a link to the FCC’s consumer help center, which is offering tips to affected Cablevision subscribers, including switching service providers or acquiring an antenna for picking up broadcast content.
In addition to those options, a guaranteed way for Cablevision subscribers — or anyone else sans cable — to follow the postseason action would be to purchase the MLB Postseason.tv package, available for $9.95 and not subject to any broadcaster or cabler’s whims. That doesn’t get them access to new episodes of House, of course, although Fox is currently allowing access to Hulu, after blocking it for a few hours on Saturday.
The FCC isn’t just watching the ball game, though — FCC chairman Julius Genachowski made a statement today that he “was “deeply troubled that Cablevision and Fox are spending more time attacking each other through ads and lobbyists than sitting down at the negotiating table. The time for petty gamesmanship is over.”
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