SBD/January 26, 2012/Media
After Three Weeks, Both MSG And TWC Say Companies Are Nowhere Near A Deal
Published January 26, 2012
WHERE TO WATCH: In Rochester, Britney Milazzo writes the "local Sabres fans' loss was good news for some local restaurants and bars -- but only those that can get the games" through DirecTV, which carries NHL Network. Local restaurant The Retreat Manager Roz Hickey said, "Even as a hockey-themed bar, we're seeing more people than before come on game days." However, Docksiders Owner Steve Hillman, whose restaurant does not have DirecTV, said that "business is down about 35 percent with no Sabres games to show." TWC Manager for Western New York Joli Plucknette-Farmen said the cable provider, which also recently added NHL Network, is "reminding (customers) that switching video providers doesn't guarantee they'll be safe from losing MSG programming in the future." Plucknette-Farmen: "Our customers are doing their homework and educating themselves on this issue." Plucknette-Farmen added that "the number of customers who have left Time Warner over the MSG squabble has been insignificant" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 1/26).