Time Warner Cable and MSG, the network that carries the NHL’s Rangers and the NBA’s Knicks, are currently brawling over carrier fees.MSG wants Time Warner Cable to pay up. Time Warner Cable doesn’t want to. Right now it isn’t. When 2012 started, Time Warner Cable subscribers no longer had access to MSG or MSG+.
I’m here to call a winner in this fight.
Because the ONLY reason I ever got cable in the first place is to watch live, local sports like the Knicks and the Rangers.
Everything else on TV I can get through my computer, which was pretty easy to hook to the TV screen I’m using to write this post right now.
Hulu covers broadcast TV. At $6 per month (or whatever) Netflix has all sorts of solid reruns and cable dramas. When Netflix doesn’t have a movie or TV I want, iTunes usually does for a couple bucks. Out of market major league baseball, NFL, NHL, and NBA games are all available in various Internet packages. Live broadcast news is more scarce on the Internet, but it’s always available during major news events like elections.
The only thing I can’t get online is live, local sports coverage – the kind that MSG provides.
In fact…if MSG were to offer me a chance to pay $20 per month to get access to Knicks and Rangers games, I’m pretty sure I’d do it – and quit paying my $120 Time Warner Bill ASAP.
Game over, Time Warner: You lose. Now get your lawyers off the bench and get me my Knicks back!
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