Official Pushing Time Warner Cable to Pay Customers for Losing Knicks and Rangers Games

Jan 4, 2012  •  Post A Comment

New York City Comptroller John Liu wants Time Warner Cable to reimburse its customers for losing New York Knicks and Rangers games, a casualty of the clash between the cable company and programmer Madison Square Garden, reports Bloomberg.

The blackout of MSG’s networks, MSG and MSG Plus, "does nothing more than unfairly punish" Time Warner Cable subscribers, Liu said in a statement.

Liu has taken steps to have his idea put into action. He asked the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to "make sure" Time Warner Cable reimburses its customers, the piece adds.

The networks went dark on the cable operator Jan. 1 after the two sides hit an impasse in contract negotiations.

The comptroller’s office didn’t say specifically how Time Warner Cable should reimburse customers, who pay for the networks as part of a basic cable package, the story notes.


  1. More like MSG should reimburse customers — they’re the ones being unreasonable. Is John Liu buddies with James Dolan by any chance?
    I don’t watch basketball or hockey, so I don’t miss the channels one bit. Bring on spring training!

  2. Make it an extra charge. Those of us who don’t care about sports shouldn’t have to pay for them. It is crazy what I pay for ESPN channels that I never watch! At the same time, those that do watch sports, want their teams to be competitive and they should be willing to contribute to assure that the teams are competitive by paying an extra $3-$10 a month.

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