AirTalk for December 31, 2009

Time Warner/Fox standoff: is cable TV unraveling?

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Come midnight, Time Warner customers could lose “American Idol,” “the Simpsons,” and tomorrow's Sugar Bowl if the cable company fails to resolve a stalemate over content licensing contracts with Fox and its parent company, News Corp. Is it fair for Fox to ask cable customers to pay for channels they used to watch for free? Is cable television's business model sustainable when more and more content is available on the Internet? As we enter a new decade – what is the future of television?

Guests:

Patricia Fregoso-Cox, Vice President for Time Warner Cable's Western Region

Joe Flint, Entertainment business reporter for the LA Times. He also writes the “Morning Fix” on the Company Town blog

Alex Ben Block, contributing editor for the Hollywood Reporter, author of "Out Foxed"


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