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Ch.2 Foolishly Buys TWC Rate “Plan”

    Katharine McPhee   This is what I’m thinking after long holiday weekend: It was easy to laugh at how easy Channel 2 – the station that stands up for us – accepted a statement by  Time Warner Cable Monday that there won’t be any rate hike resulting from the recent deal with MSG that ...
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Reflections of The Way Life Used to Be

  Kevin Costner (Image via RottenTomatoes.com) I didn’t want to give up four hours of my life to celebrate Whitney Houston’s life. My goal Saturday was to ignore her funeral or homegoing and live my life. But the social media wouldn’t let me do it. However, the goodbye to Houston made me think ...
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TWC Rate Hike Inevitable By Year’s End

Gov. Cuomo   It’s time for The Interpreter to make sense of the Time Warner Cable deal with Madison Square Garden Network, which has the same chairman as the company that owns  the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Here are some quick thoughts: I awoke this morning in time to hear Channel ...
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Assist to Knicks’ Lin on MSG, TWC Deal

Jeremy Lin  You may recall the headline of my Dec. 27 blog four days before MSG disappeared from Time Warner Cable in a contract dispute: “Sabre Fans Should Root for Knicks.” My point was that the dispute was all about the New York City market since it has about seven times as many TWC subscribers ...
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Too Early for Ch.4 to Bank on New Set, Anchor

Strong Sweeps Start Channel 4’s new anchor Diana Fairbanks sent out a panoramic view of the station’s new high definition set this week to her social media followers. The view apparently hasn’t impressed Channel 4’s viewers so much during the first two weeks of the February sweeps. The new set ...
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Houston Gossip, Higgins’ Haircut and Linmania

  Brian Higgins: Promoted     I’m sure that many people watching the plea of essayist Bill Flanagan on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” for the media to leave Whitney Houston alone after the eulogies stopped Sunday were moved by the idea. Flanagan probably would have received a standing ovation in ...
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“Smash” Is Local Hit; Jaworski Off of MNF in New Deal

This is what I’m thinking: Ron Jaworski: Off of MNF The NBC musical drama “Smash” took a much bigger hit nationally than locally Monday when its second episode ran. “Smash” had an 8.1 rating on Channel 2 Monday, down only slightly from the 8.4 the premiere had locally on the Monday after the ...
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Cost of Cable Channels Should Be Known

Stephen Colbert This is what I’m thinking: If you ask me, the Public Service Commission should forget about trying to pass a rule or a law to solve future cable TV stalemates like the current one between Time Warner Cable and the owner of the Madison Square Garden Network and do something easier to ...
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Be Careful What You Root for on Blackouts

Jeremy Lin: Can He Solve TWC-MSG Dispute Heaven help those who get what they want. That phrase comes to mind when thinking about the Western New Yorkers  who want the FCC to end the policy that leads to blackouts of Bills games that aren’t sold out 72 hours in advance. I sympathize with the handicapped ...
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Hollywood Shows Not Big Boost for “Idol” Here

This is what I’m thinking: Clint Eastwood With a post-Super Bowl  boost, NBC’s “The Voice” overtook Fox’s “American Idol” this week as Western New York’s favorite karaoke singing competition. “The Voice” averaged a 10.0 on Channel 2 on Monday after premiering with a 17.4 after the ...
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