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MSG, Time Warner dispute has Rangers fans furious

Feb 13, 2012, 5:55 PM EST

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The New York Rangers are in Boston tomorrow to play the Bruins in a potential Eastern Conference final matchup. Unfortunately, thousands of Rangers fans won’t be able to watch on TV.

A dispute between MSG Network and Time Warner Cable has meant more than 2 million subscribers have rarely been able to watch the Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Sabres and Knicks since Jan. 1.

“It’s miserable,” 25-year-old Manhattan resident Carl Tirella told the Associated Press. “I’m a die-hard Rangers fan. I can’t watch any Rangers games…I thought it was going to get resolved quickly but it’s been a month, a month and a half.”

If there’s any reason for optimism that a settlement could be reached soon, it might be the Knicks’ surprise sensation, Jeremy Lin.

We’re not sure if many hockey fans have heard, but things are getting pretty Linsane in the NBA these days. If MSG and Time Warner want to cash in on the madness, they’ll need to get back to the bargaining table.

  1. cfab44 - Feb 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    time warner = worst cable service on earth, customer reps dont try and help but make u more upset after u hang up on them. slow inernet speeds and no MSG. so… try switching ur services and stop complaining about it

  2. imleftcoast - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    I don’t know that this is news, it’s happens from time to time in New York.

  3. riles1008 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Sabres fans are furious as well

  4. bbk1000 - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    This would appear to be more of a Dolan thing than a Time Warner thing. Cablevision, which Dolan owns, lost channels for a while because they refused to pay the same fees Dolan is now seeking to collect. Cablevision subcribers also can’t get the NFL channel.

    If it wasn’t for daddy I’m not sure Dolan would be able to keep a job, as his past history with the Knicks and Rangers shows. Cablevision is a license to print money and he still screws it up.

  5. lewdood - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Dish Network hasn’t carried MSG for ages now. They also have never carried YES, and I don’t think they carry SNY anymore, either. Blows my mind that these companies just pee in the faces of the customers in the #1 media market in the country.

  6. DED - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    MSG.com said that this game was going to be on MSG2 and that, as a Comcast customer living in the Danbury, CT area, I could catch it on Channel 102. Well, that was completely wrong. Channel 102 had a celebrity skiing competition featuring Alec Baldwin and Alan Thicke. After that, they had some soccer game from Europe.

    This isn’t the first time programming between MSG and Comcast has gone wrong.

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