Cablevision Drops Food, HGTV Networks

Cablevision, a New York-area cable provider, announced Friday that is will no longer carry The Food Channel and HGTV, due to a dispute over distribution rights with the Scripps Networks Interactive.

“We are sorry that Scripps’ current financial difficulties are making it impossible for them to continue our relationship on terms that are reasonable for Cablevision and our customers,” Cablevision said in a statement. “We wish Scripps well and have no expectation of carrying their programming again, given the dramatic changes in their approach to working with distributors to reach television viewers.”

Chairman of Scrippps Networks Interactive, Kenneth W. Lowe is disappointed by the move, reminding people that Food Network and HGTV rank among the top networks in cable. “But our valuable networks simply are not being compensated like top ten networks by Cablevision,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Scripps has launched viewer web campaigns aimed at getting the networks back on Cablevision.

Cablevision serves 4.7 million households and 600,000 businesses in the New York area.