On Janauary 1st, 2012 MSG pulled their signal from Time Warner Cable leaving sports fans in the dark in parts of New York City, upstate New York and parts of New Jersey. At the heart of the issue is MSG demanding a 53% increase in fees from Time Warner Cable which was refused. As a result, people like my buddy, a die hard New York Knicks fan, can’t watch his team.
MSG pulled the same crap on DISH last year yet their answer is to switch providers. The dumb asses should realize that many people cannot switch, especially those who cannot obtain permission to place a dish anywhere in their buildings or whose neighborhoods aren’t wired for Verizon Fios. Besides, why switch when MSG could possibly do the same thing to thos providers?
There is one thing not bothers me greatly. Cablevision owns the Knicks, Rangers and the Network. At the end of the day it seems as if Cablevision is trying to stick it to Time Warner Cable. Where is the FCC and FTC on this?
Of course, MSG is placing the blame on Time Warner even though they pulled the signal. MSG is spending money on Facebook ads and throwing viewing parties but don’t really give a damn about the fans. My buddy started a Facebook page in hopes of staring a Bank of America like revolt against MSG by boycotting all advertisers on the MSG Network whcih can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/MSG-vs-Time-Warner-Cable/302273339809108
It’s a dame shame when people pay for television but get the rug pulled out from under them.