Here is part of the issue:
"OLN, and its parent company Comcast, are electronically blocking NHL games we are entitled to receive under our current agreement to carry the network," Cablevision said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. "We call upon them to honor their obligations and return these games to hockey fans immediately."
But Comcast argues that Cablevision is the party that is causing the games to be blacked out by refusing to put OLN on its more accessible Family Cable package, which includes other sports networks like ESPN, ESPN2, MSG and FSNY. At present, Comcast says, only 22,000 of Cablevision's roughly 3 million subscribers get OLN.
"Our argument is that Cablevision is fighting to limit the exposure of hockey and we are fighting to bring these games to more hockey fans," said OLN spokeswoman Amy Phillips.
Phillips said Cablevision and satellite company Dish Network are the only systems not meeting Comcast's goals for OLN reaching at least 40 percent of a provider's total customer base.
She said negotiations are ongoing with Cablevision and Dish Network to carry hockey games on OLN, which has expanded its format from primarily hunting and fishing shows to other programming, such as the Tour de France, the America's Cup, the Boston Marathon and reruns of the reality show "Survivor."
So I guess carriers are just dumping the whole network in response to the BS. Freakin greedy basids