Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/23/05 at 09:04 AM ET
Just when you thought hockey was back, troubling news has surfaced for fans on Long Island and around the metro area. Cablevision has 3 million subscribers, and if any of them were thinking of spending $4.95 a month for the digital sports tier that carries OLN, the channel that is replacing ESPN and ESPN2 for the NHL's national cable telecasts this season, they can forget it. The puck stops here. Why? Because OLN is on expanded basic digital service in 90 percent of its U.S. distribution of 64 million homes, but not in Cablevision households on Long Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Westchester and northern New Jersey. So, in the latest twist in the wacky world of cable, even if you're willing to pay to watch the NHL here, you can't buy it. "In markets where OLN is offered on a digital sports tier, which includes Cablevision, we are required through our contracts to black out the games," an OLN spokesperson confirmed yesterday. "There will be alternative programming in that time slot.
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