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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.

Links of the Day:

– Time Warner pulled MSG from its lineup, after failing to reach an agreement on how much the cable company should pay to carry the sports network. Sabres and Knicks fans are in the dark. Each side is blaming the other, according to a report in the Buffalo News:

The two sides have been arguing over how much Time Warner should pay to carry the MSG networks. Time Warner has said MSG sought a 53 percent increase; MSG said Time Warner’s offers are outdated and not in the ballpark with what other cable companies pay.

The delivery of niche channels like MSG still relies on the distribution power of cable companies. I bet channels and shows will be individual commodities in the future, perhaps accessible on your iPad or Internet-connected television. That could make these contract disputes a thing of the past and give consumers choice and control.

Fortunately for MSG-watchers, Verizon FiOs picked up the network recently. Rochester, of course, doesn’t have Verizon FiOs, to the lament of many.

– An awesome story in the Democrat and Chronicle details the revival of the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood. This is very real. A photographer and I drove down West Main Street last week and talked about the resurgence.

– Central New York’s Amish communities want their own school buses. The Syracuse Post-Standard reports on a battle between a school district and the Amish, who don’t want their children exposed to modern kids. The Amish also need to start school later because of farm chores.

– What’s more important? Chicago’s shipping economy or keeping the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes? Everyone who cares about the lakes should pay attention to this debate.

– Last week I called Rochester’s New Year’s party lame. Evidence surfaced yesterday that maybe it’s not so lame. Now I’m convinced it is indeed lame. Buffalo’s New Year’s festivities brought 100,000 people to its downtown. Wow. We have work to do, Rochester.