Another Cable Spat: Millions Lose Food Network, HGTV

Scripps pulls programming in dispute over fees

A spat between Cablevision Systems and Scripps Networks Interactive over a fee increase heated up Sunday with cable TV viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut caught in the crossfire.

About 3.1 million subscribers lost access to HGTV and the Food Network on Friday after Scripps pulled its programming while negotiating a new contract with the cable provider.

Cablevision said Scripps is demanding a 200 percent fee increase, which would drive up customer rates if accepted. For 2010, the average rate increase for subscribers is 3.7 percent, Cablevision spokesman Jim Maiella said.

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