After ringing in the new year and was done watching Jennifer Lopez and the crystal ball dropped at Times Square, my husband and I proceeded to indulge on some decadent treats with hot tea.
By 1:00 a.m. I was ready to hit the sack but instead of turning off the TV remote in our bedroom my attention was diverted when suddenly I heard a voice over apology on HGTV. That was Cablevision’s announcement about HGTV and Food Network being yanked out of their cable line up. Cablevision’s message to their subscriber is aimed to explain the dispute, and that company officials indicated there was no immediate plan to restore the stations . This is the result of a fee dispute with Scripps Networks.
I couldn’t get over it. I’m not a TV addict but these two channels are two of the few channels that I tune in to whenever I’m in the mood to watch TV. To me, it’s like taking out ESPN if I was a sports fanatic. Our current subscription with Cablevision gives us tons of channels but a lot of those are channels that I haven’t even bothered to explore.
I’m upset, and I’m one of those 3.1 million subscribers of Cablevision who share the same sentiment. After a recent increase in fee, this is what we get. If these channels are not going to be restored back in their cable line up soon, I’m more than willing and ready to switch providers. After all, Direct TV is just a phone call away, as well as Verizon Fios. These two both offer the Filipino channel as well, so sooner than later I’ll be back in business along with HGTV and Food network.