Update: It looks like the dispute between the two companies has been settled as ABC is currently broadcasting as normal on my Cablevision provided TV stations
==========================================In most Rangers fan's eyes Jim Dolan is already a man that is severely disliked. Expect that sentiment to explode beyond anything you can imagine in the next couple of days.
Cablevision subscribers received this e-mail this morning:
We regret to inform you that ABC's parent company has decided to pull WABC-7 off Cablevision, even though we pay them more than $200 million dollars a year for their group of networks. They are demanding a $40 million dollar increase for the same channels we carry today. In light of these economic times we do not feel it's appropriate for ABC to hold our viewers hostage in pursuit of undeserved millions.
Many of you just want WABC-7 back on your television. That's why we are working hard to get WABC-7 back on the air. You can help make a difference by visiting cablevision.com/abc and sending their executives an email expressing how you feel.
While we work to return WABC-7 to the lineup, you can watch WABC-7 free over the air by obtaining a digital TV antenna from your local consumer electronics store. Or, you can watch almost all of ABC's prime time programming free on the Internet at hulu.com or abc.com.
Thank you for your patience, while we continue to negotiate a deal that is fair for everyone.