MSG, Time Warner Reach Agreement Ending Two-Month Impasse
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For nearly two months, it had been like a cruel joke for Knicks fans who subscribe to Time Warner.
The team has a player the whole country is talking about, and subscribers here in the city weren’t able to watch the games.
Until Friday. That’s when the 48-day standoff between the MSG Network and Time Warner Cable came to an end. “I applaud both Mr. Dolan and Mr. Britt and their companies. I thank them for being responsive to the needs of New Yorkers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Friday afternoon.
Manhattan resident Mark Zwerdling was just one of the disappointed Knicks fans in the area. Fed up with the negotiations preventing him from watching his favorite team, he demanded the cable company stop charging him for the MSG Network.
They did — he got $5.20 back on his bill.
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“I appreciate the fact that there’s a conflict and a negotiation,” he said. “But don’t charge me for it.”
Zwerdling has a young baby and couldn’t hit the local bars to catch his favorite team. And because he lives in an apartment building, he wasn’t able switch his cable provider.
“I don’t have a choice. They’re not gonna change it out for the 100 units in my building, just cause I wanna watch the Knicks and Rangers.”
Zwerdling urged fellow fans to take a stand.
“Time Warner is still charging us for [the MSG Network],” he said. “To me, that’s stealing. They’re charging you for a service they’re not providing.”
Earlier, City Council speaker Christine Quinn demanded Time Warner and MSG get their act together — or face a hearing.