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Links of the Day:

Time Warner Cable says the number of customers it has lost since dropping MSG is “insignificant.” Meanwhile, MSG refuses to stream Sabres games live on the Internet. The Buffalo News has a great question and answer piece on the status of negotiations. (They’ve made no progress.) Also, beware of switching providers to watch the Sabres:

When do MSG Net-works’ contracts expire with Direct TV and Verizon FiOS, the two other television providers  ?

That’s the holy grail of questions, for viewers.

If you switch providers, you could end up in the same situation eventually.

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Neither Direct TV nor Verizon FiOS, when reached by The News, was willing to publicly state when their contracts with MSG expire.

– Rural/Metro Medical Services of Western New York faces questions about over billing and is under investigation by the feds, the Buffalo News reports. The highly critical pieces comes just as Rochester is getting ready to renew its contract with the Arizona-based ambulance company.

– It’s only a matter of time before New York State offers online gambling.

– There’s a push to legalize Mixed Martial Arts fighting in New York State. A heartbreaking story in the Chicago Tribune raises serious safety and liability issues.

– DiBella’s is growing! The chain ended 2011 with 23 stores in four states.

– The Onondaga County War Memorial has hosted music legends from Janis Joplin to Aerosmith. The Post Standard has a fun look back.

4 Responses to MSG, MMA, Memories

  1. I was eating my leftover Dibellas sandwich when I saw your link! Delish.

  2. January 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm L.William responds:

    When will MSG learn . Most upstate carriers try to protect their subscribers from rates that are to high. maybe their subscribers in NYC are willing to pay those crazy prices but why should we.

  3. January 16, 2012 at 11:09 am Jonathan responds:

    It seems as though Time Warner is the only company in this area who has these consistent battles (Although this is the first time I can recall anything actually going dark).

    Directv had a tussle last year, but it was the first I can remember. Time Warner seems to go through about 2 of these a year.

    For me, the last straw was when Time Warner was threatening that ESPN would go dark in fall of ’10. I’ve loved my Directv ever since. Who needs the constant battle?

    Regardless, a la carte can’t come soon enough.

  4. January 16, 2012 at 11:34 am James Simons responds:

    L.William, not sure how TW works hard to “protect” subscribers from high fees when it has a monopoly in Rochester and can basically charge whatever it wants. MSG and other networks are simply realizing that the value in television is with the quality of the content, not the way in which it is provided. Cable tv as we know it is dying. TW itself is trying to change it’s company to one that focuses more on internet and other services.

    As far as the Onondaga piece is concerned, I would love to see a similar piece written on Rochester’s War Memorial. I know there were many great shows there over the years as well.

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