October 16, 2010 by Post Team
Baseball fans in Fairfield County are a little on edge today find News Corporation has withdrawn its channels Cablevision out after the contract programming business has expired and new talks hit an impasse, threatening the spread of baseball playoffs on Fox 5 and MY9.
Notably, subscribers may be unable to see Game 1 of Major League Baseball National League Championship Series between the Philadelphia Phillies against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday night.
Viewers Surf to these channels have been met with a message loop Cablevision called the action of News Corp. “an act of corporate greed” and indicating the media giant has been demanding “outrageous charges” to carry its programming. The message encouraged viewers to call a line 877 to say News Corp. is “unfair to hold hostage their own customers.” TV9 s News Corp, WTIC 25 and 24 are still broadcast WCTX.
Local reaction ranged from indifference to indignation and disgust, even at this jockey business at the expense of cable subscribers. “It will not affect us much as we have cable, DirecTV and a sport package, so we will have access regardless,” said a bartender on duty at Seagrape Cafe in Fairfield. “We also have more fans Yankees and the fans of college football today, so there is little interest in the NLC. ”
Seagrape boss Don Trumbull added by saying: “I understand what is happening. Apparently, they have their own agendas and barking at each other. They must stop this and let people enjoy their sport. ”
Standing beside him, Geoff Bagshaw, 31, of Boston, said: “I’m not in this field, but if I were, I’d be upset that I could not watch the game and promises to be a great pitching duel. ”
Archie Moore in Fairfield, Gary Goldfield, 50, of Bridgeport, said: “I’m not worried about not having these channels I can get anything I want on the affiliate WTIC. If I could not, I’d be very upset. ”
“If what Cablevision says is true, then it is the greed to FOX,” Goldfield continued. “The channels are hostage Cable Cable companies are caught in the middle -. And satellite providers and other services, too”
Seated nearby in a cabin with a 4-year-old son, Ryan, Martin Blake, 41, of Weston said he intended to watch Game 1.
“Fortunately, I have the ability to watch on another channel, so it will not upset my night. In general, however, it is shames that these companies do before a major event, fans that are also their customers are suffering. If they were truly concerned about their customers, they had to get out. ”
Ryan adds, “As long as I can see my Nick Jr., we’re OK.”
Colony Grill in Fairfield, Steven Feinstein, 57, of Westport, said: “It would be troubling if we could not watch the game tonight and, more importantly, the football tomorrow. I think all that if you buy cable services, programming should be available. It’s not just that customers are used as pawns. “
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