A half hour into The Academy Awards, I get a tweet from my buddy at Fox News that ABC was back! I popped over to Channel 707, and I was graced with the glorious HD that the Oscars are meant to be enjoyed in. From the New York Times Media Decoder:
Charles Schueler, Cablevision’s executive vice president of communications, said in a statement:
“We are happy to report that WABC Channel 7 has returned to Cablevision’s 3 million New York area homes. We are very grateful to our customers for their support and pleased to welcome ABC back.”
Disney, in its statement, suggested that the central financial issue was being resolved to its satisfaction.
“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,” the Disney statement said. “Given this movement, we’re pleased to announce that ABC7 will return to Cablevision households while we work to complete our negotiations.”
I am very glad that the brinkmanship finally paid off, and I only had to scald my eyes with a half hour of the SD version of the Oscars. Yes, I am an HD snob.