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Time-Warner NYC Loses Regional Sports Nets


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#1 OFFLINE   Nick

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 10:34 AM

Time Warner NYC Loses Regional Sports Nets

The latest programming carriage skirmish has led to the loss of two regional sports nets - MSG and Fox Sports New York - on Time Warner Cable systems serving the New York City area.

The channels, which are controlled by Cablevision, went dark Sunday (8/1) at 12 a.m. Reports said the loss of the channels impacts more than 1.4 million New York area cable customers.

The two channels broadcast games for New York Mets baseball as well as New York Knicks basketball and New York Rangers hockey. The skirmish also includes a third channel, Metro Channel, which carries local news.

Prior to the shut-off, Time Warner Cable said it would provide customers a rebate of $2 a month should the channels go dark.

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 11:39 AM

Cool, $2 off your cable bill in NY. I HATE the RSNs and ESPN because they cost so much and I never watch them. There should be a premium sports package for say $5 more a month. And cut the normal bill by the same of course.

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 11:55 AM

Why is "FOX" Sports Net controlled by Cablevision?
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Posted 02 August 2004 - 01:15 PM

Cable Vision owns a number of Fox Sports Nets, it's just a name. Have a look:

FSN Bay Area
FSN Chicago
FSN Florida
FSN New England
FSN Ohio
FSN New York
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Posted 02 August 2004 - 03:11 PM

Weren't the above the old Sportschannel ones?

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 03:24 PM

This is why MSO's should not be allowed to own Channels.
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Posted 02 August 2004 - 03:30 PM

Weren't the above the old Sportschannel ones?


Yep all of these Rainbow owned Fox Sports Nets used to be SportsChannel, sans MSG. Fox Sports Cincy also used to be SC.

Too bad it’s just TW NYC, not TW Syracuse and TW Rochester too, DirecTV would gain a whole load of new subscribers. I enjoy having four blackout free RSNs at my disposal. (thank you D* for carrying all four NY state RSNs and making them available in the basic programming packages, unlike the other satellite provider)
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Posted 02 August 2004 - 06:02 PM

Glad to see Time Warner stand up.. Glad to see Charlie is not the only one willing to tell these expensive cable channel opreators that customers want fair rates.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 09:37 AM

Too bad it’s just TW NYC, not TW Syracuse and TW Rochester too, DirecTV would gain a whole load of new subscribers. I enjoy having four blackout free RSNs at my disposal. (thank you D* for carrying all four NY state RSNs and making them available in the basic programming packages, unlike the other satellite provider)


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I don't know about Time Warner Syracuse, but Time Warner Rochester has removed MSG and Fox Sports New York. This is great news for the sports fan (NOT) as of now there is NO platform in our area to get all of the regional sports rights we COULD receive on any other platform other than DirecTV. TW now doesn't carry MSG or FOX Sports NY, and Dish Network doesn't carry YES.

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