It’s probably past time to add programming disputes to that old adage about the only thing certain in life being death and taxes. Cox vp, content acquisition Kathy Payne chatted with CableFAX on her view from the MSO side of the table, including the recent flap that saw Viacom nets dark on DirecTV for 9 days this summer.

Here are more top stories in today’s CableFAX Daily:
 
There was a big coalition at the FCC Mon to oppose the agency allowing the exclusive contract prohibition to sunset next Fri, according to an ex parte filing. Reps from DISH, DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Sports Fan Coalition and Public Knowledge met with the Office of Gen Counsel and Media Bureau staffers to plead their case.
 
Cablevision added CBS primetime shows to its lineup of free on demand programs, available to digital cable subs. More details in today’s issue.
 
Seattle Seahawks’ controversial 14-12 last-second victory over the Green Bay Packers helped ESPN win Mon night among all nets in HH, viewers and all key male and AD demos. Digital numbers were up, too.

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