Another Cablevision Blackout

10/27/2010 Update:

ivi TV: An online alternative to Cablevision

There may be one winner in this obnoxious debate contract battle between Cablevision and NewsCorp. – and that’s ivi TV.

ivi TV is a non-archived real-time stream of what’s currently on network television (both east coast and west) – plus some other rubbish channels. You can see their channel lineup here.

They offer a 30-day free trial, then charge $4.99 a month after that. For an extra dollar, you can also upgrade to the “pro” version – which allows for some DVR-like functionality (pause, rewind, etc.)

Has anyone tried it yet? Before or after the Cablevision dispute? Any other alternatives?

PREVIOUS UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…

10/22/2010 Update:

Day 6: Cablevision Commercial Parody

Thanks to Hoboken411 reader Danny who sent this funny link in from the Upright Citizens Brigade:

10/16/2010:

You should have switched to Verizon FiOS!

Just like earlier in the year when Cablevision blacked out ABC Channel 7 – we have a different set of missing channels – with News Corp. pulling FOX5 and MY9.

I’m lucky I have Verizon FiOS – so I’ll let Hoboken411 reader Rich share his thoughts…

“It’s the same old story when you tune to channel 5 or 9 for Cablevision customers (705 and 709 HD Channels too).

Uninformative blabber about how News Corp’s Fox5 & My9 programming has been pulled due to greed, and no other reason. This is very similar to the message that aired when Food Network and HGTV were not available. Cablevision customers are urged to call 1-877-NO-TV-TAX. According to the message, the cost was $70 million for the two networks and now Cablevision reports that News Corps demand has gone up to $150 Million. Also according to the message, this amount is more than the cost to Cablevision for these channels combined! ABC, CBS, NBC, and Univision, yes, COMBINED. A bit crazy if you ask me. Cant we all just get along? Whats next, Cablevision sending out free digital converter boxes to stick it to Fox5 and My9?

Cablevision also reports they are willing to accept binding arbitration so that these channels may still be broadcast to cablevision customers while a negotiation on a new agreement is made.”

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40 Comments on "Another Cablevision Blackout"

exm
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I watched game 1 on ivi.tvt. Bad quality but at least I could see the game! I’ve ordered a $9 antenna so my next WS games I’ll get over the air for free. Another positive side effect is that I will cancel my bedroom’s cable box since I’ll be using the antenna anyway, saving me (and costing Cablevision) $5/month or so in rent for this cable box.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Cablevision has sent out emails to customers that they can watch the world series on your computers for $9.95 thru courtesy of MLB. They will refund the charge on your billing. Fox has the rights for the world series, so another channel cannot be assigned on tv for viewing. Just saying.

Funemployed
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Funemployed

Cablevision has an another updated lengthy video about how mean Fox is for making them pay for their shows despite we already overpay Cablevision to underdeliver.

Cablevision are offering to credit your account the $9.99 for you to sign up to walk the World Series of MLB.com by sending your order confirmation to jerichoqa@cablevision.com

http://www.cablevision.com/fox/index.jsp

HansBrix
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HansBrix

YY – I located a couple of those things you linked to but the sellers were clearly overseas (and seemed sketchy) and “can’t guarantee that the propellant is still active” since “the lot is older.” Also he didn’t explain why an antenna, a passive device, would need propellant in the first place.

One seller had an affiliate in Arlington, VA that suggested I evaluate some kind of “Phalanx system” somethingorother and bragged that its far more versatile and reliable. But its price tag was impractical and it won’t fit in my living room. Also it needs some kind of special wiring to hook it up.

Anyway I’m observing that there are fewer planes at night when I do most of my TV watching. Which explains why I didn’t really notice until I watched “This Week” this past weekend.

YipYap
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Blix – About 16 clams on E-Bay..

Philips SDV6122

Otherwise look to these folks for surplus Hardware…

comment image[quote comment=”199255″]YY – I located a couple of those things you linked to but the sellers were clearly overseas (and seemed sketchy) and “can’t guarantee that the propellant is still active” since “the lot is older.” Also he didn’t explain why an antenna, a passive device, would need propellant in the first place. One seller had an affiliate in Arlington, VA that suggested I evaluate some kind of “Phalanx system” somethingorother and bragged that its far more versatile and reliable. But its price tag was impractical and it won’t fit in my living room. Also it needs some kind of special wiring to hook it up. Anyway I’m observing that there are fewer planes at night when I do most of my TV watching. Which explains why I didn’t really notice until I watched “This Week” this past weekend.[/quote]

homeworld
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I wonder how the Fox blackout if affecting the ratings for Fox shows.

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