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ABC restored to Cablevision

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 8th 2010 10:05AM
ABCIn a nick-of-time save that was worthy of a movie unto itself, ABC was restored to Cablevision just in time for the Academy Awards. Apparently both sides hammered out enough of a deal for the awards show to be broadcast.

Cablevision customers -- 3.1 million in the New York City area -- got another treat on the same day. To accommodate those that lost their ABC, the company offered free On Demand movies all day. As a Cablevision customer, I was interested in the veracity of the claim and took advantage of that particular offer. Later this month, it will be determined how legitimate that offer was when I see my bill.

So many people were using this freebie that the first few times a movie download was attempted, the system would return an error. This issue stopped once the Academy Awards started.

It seems more likely that Cablevision acquiesced to the demands of ABC given the timing of the channel restoration rather than the other way around. What do you think?

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This has got to be the shortest dispute ever. I was so enthralled that they put it back on, but disappointed it still stunk. Can I have them credit me the whole month for 3 1/2 hours of wasted time?

March 08 2010 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where was all that information, all day? I turned on my TV in the morning and the ABC signal was not there. If a friend had not called me that evening who lives in Conn. I would never had known they had settled.

Can you imagine all the people who changed their cable to another service?

In the future, this kind of confrontation should be handled behind closed doors and people like me should not be held hostage. We should continue to get the signals to watch whatever channel we want.

March 08 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Still beats Comcast

March 08 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to RevJonathan's comment

And how!

March 08 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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