Rabbit Ears for the Win Please, Alex
You may remember I don’t have Cable TV. Turns out that’s a good thing. WIVB and Time Warner are fighting about carrying channel 4 on Cable. The result is that Time Warner dropped CBS from the lineup today. I’m by no means an expert here, but this seems to be the situation:
- Cable companies have to carry local channels as part of the “must carry” law.
- The catch seems to be that the local channels can’t charge cable carriers for their channel.
- WIVB wants Time Warner to pay for the channel, refusing to supply the content for free as part of that “must carry” law.
- Time Warner must then either pay for the channel or drop it from the lineup. They chose to drop it.
The result of this battle is that you can’t watch CBS here in Buffalo if you have Time Warner Cable. CBS just so happens to be the network that carries most of the Bills games. That means you may not be able to see the game this weekend unless you go out and get yourself some old-fashioned rabbit ears.
I guess, as Jim told Sue, I’m ahead of the curve as I already have a rabbit ears setup. Yay me!