Cablevision has finally made the NHL Center Ice available for subscribers. I ordered by phone last night and watched the Sharks-Canucks after our Islanders disposed of the Sabres (a road game in HD no less)!
From the “both sides of the mouth department”:
Dolan believes the Rangers do a far better job selling their product in all of its permutations than the league ever could. Said Dolan, “we believe that the league continues to squander opportunities to improve our business and solidify and grow our fan base.” He pulled out some interesting numbers to back his case, recounting how some 93 per cent of the NHL overall revenue (up from 91 per cent before the lockout) is generated by the teams, with only 7 per cent generated by the league.
Jim’s helping “the NHL grow our fan base” by not carrying the NHL Center Ice package for the 2007-2008 season on his Cablevision system. Unreal. Hat tip to the folks at HockeyNation.
Here we go again. Cablevision can’t seem to come to terms with InDemand for the 2007-2008 NHL Center Ice package. Last thing I need to see is how Cablevision is protecting my interests by not caving in to the pricing demands of InDemand. Guess what? It’s freaking pay-per-view. I’ll pay what InDemand wants. It’s no big deal. Pass the cost on to me. I don’t care. I just want to watch out of market NHL games. Me and the 18 other remaining NHL fans in the USA.
Not the first time for Cablevision. They did the same thing with the YES network and subscribers missed a season of Yankees baseball. Now IO is the official HD provider of Yankees baseball on the YES network. They went to the wire with the Mets’ SNetNY as well.