Time Warner customers facing BCS blackout
A ball isn’t the only thing that may be dropping on New Year’s Eve. With a stall in contract negotiations, Time Warner cable customers may also see Fox stations dropped from their local programming. News Corp, which provides Fox and affiliate stations, is planning to pull the plug unless the Cable provider agrees to a renegotiated increase in fees. As of right now, the two sides remain at a standstill, with the current contract expiring on December 31st.
How does this affect you? If you are a fan of college football, and with the exception of the Rose Bowl that is aired on ABC, all other BCS bowl games will be lost, including the National Championship game being played in Pasadena. Without an agreement, Los Angeles subscribers will also lose the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Ducks, Dodgers, and Angels on Fox Sports Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West.
Also at risk are the local collegiate programs, as Fox also provides USC and UCLA sports coverage. More than half of the Bruins’ football games are televised on the Fox Network, and a fair amount of USC games as well. Outside of sports, Time Warner subscribers would also lose popular shows like “American Idol” and “House”.
It’s the same circumstance, and same squabble, that some Iowa football fans are facing with their cable providers. Those residents may not be able to see their Hawkeyes in January’s Orange Bowl, but overall, Los Angeles residents stand to lose much more. It’s one of those “You need us more than we need you” money gripes than can ultimately leave fans suffering the most.