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Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:04 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL Network is a pro football fan’s dream. It’s on 24/7, and if there’s not some kind of analysis show running, most of which are quite excellent, there’s probably an old-school NFL Films documentary that could keep you home all day, playing hooky from work.

But the fact that it’s not available in much of the country is disappointing, and considering the NFLN has been up and running since 2003, it’s a rather shocking point (it just goes to show that EVERYONE has problems with the cable companies, even U.S. sports’ most powerful entity).

That’s highlighted by today’s report by the Sports Business Journal that the NFL and Time Warner Cable cut off talks last week to bring the NFL Network and the RedZone to TWC’s subscribers, and according to the SBJ, it’s not looking like an agreement between the two sides will happen this year.

While the two sides have grown closer on most major issues – they have, after all, had eight years! – the companies’ executives participated in a “contentious meeting” in New York last Friday that ended without another bargaining session scheduled.

It’s sure to leave TWC’s tens of millions subscribers heated and frustrated. But perhaps not as much as the NFL. Or as Pro Football Talk writes, “The league’s network has done an incredible job creating outstanding programming, but the NFL should not own a channel available in fewer homes than MLB Network, the Golf Channel, and Speed.”

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Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:27 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

Do you also get all the games?
I believe that is exclusive to DirecTV?


You are confusing the NFL Sunday Ticket wih the NFL Network. These are 2 totally different entities. DirectV has had total control over the NFL Sunday Ticket for amny years. I believe the current contract runs through 2016.

The NFL Network is the NFL's own broadcast vehicle and it originally was only on DirectV when it first started in 2003. It has since gone to many cable companies except Time warner, which is my current cable outlet.

It is nothing more than an enhanced ESPN catering only to the NFL. It should not be a pay per view offering but rather it should be in the sports tier along with ESPN, ESPN 2 etc.... I really don't care if some one who doesn't want the NFL Network has an increase in their cable bill.  Go to another system loser. I pay for many channels I never watch and I don't complain. 

Wake up Time Warner or you are going to lose many subscribers if you don't get the NFL Network soon.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:05 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

I had was stuck with cablevision who is doing the same thing. Where I lived I couldnt get anything else but "i suck c**K James Dolan tv" Thankfully I moved and now have verizon fios and am not looking back. I get the NFL network redzone channel and the Big ten network actually comes in like it is suppose to unlike cablevsion.  Life is great and fios is definitely worth it even if I have to watch Rangers and Knick in Non HD thanks to Douche dolan.  Only reason cablevison is alive is because certain people in the tri state area cant get directv because of rules of wear they live or line of sight. Or fios isn't available to them yet. FU Dolan

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:00 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

PT2: With all that said...Since I've made the swith to Direct TV it's so much better, I like the product and enjoys all the shows they have to offer...If you're a sports fan Directtv is the way to go!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:57 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

TWC is being rediculas!! Do they realize how many customers leave then because they dont have The Sunday Ticket!?! I would have stayed with TWC if they had NFLN & Redzone.

Time Warner Cable are greedy bastards! And they're shooting their own foot.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:15 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

Time Warner is 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag.  They don't even give a damn about their own best customers.  I've had Time Warner for my high speed internet from when it was first offered here in San Diego.  That means I've paid them several thousand dollars over the last few years.  BUT I CAN'T EVEN WATCH ESPN OVER THE INTERNET I'VE PAID TIME WARNER THOSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO WATCH.  Because I have Direct TV for my TV Time Warner denies my access to Watch ESPN over the very internet I'm paying Time Warner to access.    There are no equivelant sources for my internet right now but believe me:  as soon as one is available I'll drop Time Warner internet.  What kind of organization treats their own good customers like that?   

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:48 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

I don't want the NFLN (I've seen it and it's not for me), but if it is carried, will I end up with a higher cable bill?  If so, TWC better not give in.

Now, if it was on a pay-per-view or pay-if-you-want-it type of deal, fine.  You want it, you pay for it.  But if the NFL is insisting on being put on basic cable, then I believe everyone's rates would go up.  Not good.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:02 pm

Time Warner subscribers HOSED IN HAWAII FOR YEARS

This par for the course with Time Warner.  Here in the islands we have to pay Time Warner to watch University Hawaii Football home and away games.  It's a good thing ESPN stepped in for todays game. 

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:00 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

Although I'm a DirecTV subscriber, Time Warner services all the cable subscribers in my area.   I'll play devil's advocate here.  Since DirecTV has the monopoly on the NFL Sunday ticket, why don't all the cable providers and DISH all get together and refuse to carry the NFL Network unless they can get some version of the NFL Sunday Ticket? The may as well drop ESPN too.   Thing is not everyone can put up a satellite dish to get DirecTV.

So when DirecTV's contract is up, why not let all cable and satellite companies have the ability to have both the NFL Network and Sunday Ticket?  

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:46 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

Don't just watch TV.  DirecTV.  If you are a fan of the National Football League, why would you consider anything other than DirecTV?  NFL Sunday Ticket is expensive, but you can record the games and watch them later.  I haven't had cable since the 20th Century so I can't compare cable with anything else.

People should have access to the NFL Network.  It is one of the best sports channels out there.  If you happen to get tired of watching the world's strongest man competitions, spelling bee, wnba or Beastmaster marathons or heaven forbid, the nba, the NFLN is great.  The documentaries are first rate, the first person discussions about championship or other critical games are very good theatre.  I watched the program about "The Fumble" in the Cleveland v Denver 1987 AFC Championship game and it was fantastic to hear Bernie Kosar, Marty Schottenheimer and other team mates describe their feelings and how dejected Earnest Byner was afterwards.  If I were a TWC subscriber, I would drop them like a bad habit.

Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:19 pm

Time Warner subscribers can forget about NFLN

God I hate Time Warner/Brighthouse.  This NFL thing has been going on far too long.  It's completely ridiculous that TWC hasn't picked this channel up yet.  I really don't want my house re-wired for Directv but I'm so tired of this.  The problem for me is the internet.  I dislike AT&T even more than Time Warner.  But, with the wireless plan's getting more competitive, maybe it's time to switch to Directv and get a MiFi from Verizon Wireless.  It's something I'm seriously thinking about.

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