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New year no-show
New York Post, by Claire Atkinson

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Posted By:FlyRight, 12/29/2012 8:49:15 AM

More than 3 million Cablevision customers may kick off the new year with a TV diet. Viacom’s 17 cable networks, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, could go dark on Cablevision on Jan. 1 because of a dispute over programming fees. Viacom is seeking a fee increase from the Bethpage-based cable operator when their current five-year deal expires on Dec. 31. Reps for both sides declined to comment on the looming showdown, which The Post first reported on its website yesterday.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northern Redman, 12/29/2012 9:17:10 AM     (No. 9088481)

MTV? Comedy Central? Nickelodeon? No loss here.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/29/2012 9:18:14 AM     (No. 9088482)

Perhaps not, #1, but I´ve missed several football games as a result of this.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/29/2012 9:41:39 AM     (No. 9088510)

I´ve been on a cable diet all my life. Antenna is fine.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: balogreene, 12/29/2012 9:51:00 AM     (No. 9088519)

Living in various places, I´ve found very few are left where an antennae is fine. Most people I know have their internet providers through either cable or dish too. We keep our package on the low end of the price spectrum, but it is still expensive. I´d like to see this done differently, so I can pick and choose networks I want to watch. Of course, some of the networks would go broke without the subsidies.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/29/2012 9:55:30 AM     (No. 9088526)

Too right, #4, I literally have hundreds of channels and only watch a dozen of them. I would love to delete most of them, but I took the major offering of comcast. They do nothing but raise your bill but since I am house bound, it is entertainment.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LouD, 12/29/2012 9:59:44 AM     (No. 9088532)

I wonder, #2, how missing a few football games has changed your life. I have missed a lot of games over my (long) lifetime, and I am no worse off for missing them than I am for not watching political conventions. Your team can win or lose without you. I really don´t see how professional sports can help any fan, unless they are employed by a team or the infrastructure it uses.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/29/2012 10:14:21 AM     (No. 9088549)

My husband and daughter insist on having Dish Network. We live in the boonies in an area that will never even have cable - too few houses to make it feasible. We have hundreds of channels even with just the basic package. I watch one show on one channel - NCIS reruns on USA. If I were living alone I´d dump the dish. I can get DVD´s of NCIS. As I watch my husband click through the channels ( that guy thing ) 95% of what I see is garbage. The rest is sports.

The loss of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon would be welcome - vulgarity and propaganda.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Janjan, 12/29/2012 10:14:48 AM     (No. 9088550)

Not much of a TV watcher here but I do realize a lot of people count it for their entertainment. #6 takes the very liberal viewpoint that ´if it doesn´t matter to me than it can´t be important´.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: wilko, 12/29/2012 10:17:36 AM     (No. 9088553)

Didn´t someone say that TV is chewing gum for the brain? I agree nonetheless.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 12/29/2012 1:28:26 PM     (No. 9088831)

It´s curious to me that sooooo many of the channel offerings are ones we would not choose if we did have the option. But they are included and are subsidised I guess by force. Why? Why don´t the companies take a vote of subscribers so they can periodically weed out the unwatchable, or at least give us the option to not have them in the package, so they can die a natural death? Perhaps it would force the creators of channels to come up with better products.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BadgerBill, 12/29/2012 5:45:50 PM     (No. 9089101)

What´s cable tv?

Next year I´m looking forward to saying ´what´s tv?´

Or, who´s 0bama?

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