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Time Warner and HDNet have reached an impasse in coming to terms on a new carriage agreement and the result is the possible dropping of the high definition channel effective May 31st. The drop would affect the more than 1 million HDNet subscribers through TW nationwide. This would be a sizable chunk of the 15 million subscriber base for HDNet.

HDNet Co-founder Mark Cuban spoke with MMA Fanhouse and held out hope for a resolution:

“We are still in discussions,” Cuban said via e-mail. “The best thing fans can do is call their local Time Warner general manager and tell them that. They love HDNet and would be upset if its taken off.”






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Post #1   5/19/09 12:47:51AM   

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It's done. They've dropped it.

Time Warner Cable confirmed Monday it will stop offering HDNet and HDNet Movies across all of its systems effective May 31. The move by Time Warner Cable, which has 8.7 million digital cable subscribers, is a blow to the Mark Cuban-backed HDNet, which was among the first HD services available to cable and satellite operators. Asked why the company was dropping HDNet's services, Time Warner Cable director of corporate public relations Robyn Watson said, "There's a limited appeal for the programming. In a world with more than 100 HD channels, being in HD is not enough. We are adding other channels in HD to give our customers more choice."


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This totally sucks. Now I'm forced to watch lame unleashed reruns and salmon vs evans on an endless loop in standard def. Bummer.

Post #5   5/20/09 9:04:34PM   

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I like TW,but damn,I was thinking about ordering HD Net soon.
I had it on demand for free,and would watch a lot of Inside MMA from that.

This sucks.

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It's now official according to Time Warner. But Mark Cuban (HDNet owner) says they're still negotiating. Apparently TW customers weren't told. This snip below is from the 411 writer who did the piece I just read about it:

As a Time Warner customer as well as HDNet subscriber, I find it sad that I have not been notified of the change. I say this because other times, they notify you when they plan to sneeze at the main office. What is even sadder is that when I called Time Warner, they claimed to know nothing about the scheduled dropping of HDNet.

That's bad business but considering I've had issues before with my provider (Comcast), as has my landlord, unfortunately what else is new.

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Posted by DCRage

It's now official according to Time Warner. But Mark Cuban (HDNet owner) says they're still negotiating. Apparently TW customers weren't told. This snip below is from the 411 writer who did the piece I just read about it:

As a Time Warner customer as well as HDNet subscriber, I find it sad that I have not been notified of the change. I say this because other times, they notify you when they plan to sneeze at the main office. What is even sadder is that when I called Time Warner, they claimed to know nothing about the scheduled dropping of HDNet.

That's bad business but considering I've had issues before with my provider (Comcast), as has my landlord, unfortunately what else is new.






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It's done. They've dropped it.

Time Warner Cable confirmed Monday it will stop offering HDNet and HDNet Movies across all of its systems effective May 31. The move by Time Warner Cable, which has 8.7 million digital cable subscribers, is a blow to the Mark Cuban-backed HDNet, which was among the first HD services available to cable and satellite operators. Asked why the company was dropping HDNet's services, Time Warner Cable director of corporate public relations Robyn Watson said, "There's a limited appeal for the programming. In a world with more than 100 HD channels, being in HD is not enough. We are adding other channels in HD to give our customers more choice."


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Shame. A real shame.

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A while back they came close to dropping Nickolodeon and Comedy central along with a few others.
They came to an agreement though.
I would say if HDnet was bundled with 2 or 3 other channels this probably wouldn't of happened.

Still sucks.

Post #10   5/21/09 7:18:07PM