Cablevision Appeals Again in Bid to Keep HD Feeds to Itself

Fight over feeds for New York sports teams back in court

Cablevision just won't take no for an answer in its fight with the Federal Communications Commission over the agency's order that Madison Square Garden must offer high-definition feeds of its programming to other pay TV services. On Wednesday, Cablevision filed a petition with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in which it asks the court to stay the FCC's order.

The FCC recently ordered that MSG must make the HD feeds available to Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse by Nov. 25.

"We continue to believe that an unbiased review of the data can only result in one conclusion: that there has been no competitive harm to the nation's two largest phone companies. In a highly competitive marketplace like New York, a forced sharing of offerings only deters companies from investing and innovating, which hurts both fair competition and consumers," Cablevision said in a statement.

Cablevision's fight goes back to January 2010, when it appealed the first time the FCC initially ruled it had to provide the HD channels. But the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled in favor of the FCC, so now Cablevision is trying it again, with a different court.