Dispute keeps baseball playoffs off cable TV in the Boise area

STATESMAN STAFFOctober 2, 2013 

BOISE — The ongoing battle between Cable One and Turner Broadcasting intensified Tuesday, and now some major-league baseball fans are scrambling to find postseason games on their television.

Cable One has approximately 65,000 cable, internet and telephone customers in the Treasure Valley, Boise General Manager Celynda Roach said. Nationally, Phoenix-based Cable One serves approximately 720,000 customers in 19 states, according to its website.

Without an agreement, those customers will not be able to view many baseball playoff games, including the Cleveland-Tampa Bay wild-card game Wednesday night (Fox has the ALCS and World Series).

Turner also has rights to NBA and NCAA Tournament basketball games.

On Tuesday, Cable One announced the removal of Turner Network channels CNN, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, Turner Classic Movies, TruTV, and Boomerang from its channel lineup following the expiration of the Cable One/Turner Network contract.

Following the announcement, Turner deauthorized signals to TNT, TBS, and the Cartoon Network, even though the contract to carry those channels remains valid, according to Cable One.

“Turner has chosen to punish our customers by deauthorizing the signals for these channels so that they will no longer receive them,” Cable One Public Relations Manager Trish Niemann said. “We believe that they have deauthorized these channels in retaliation for us dropping their less popular programming.”

Said Turner in a statement on its website: “We are simply asking that Cable One pay the established and accepted rates already in the marketplace for our portfolio and remain willing to discuss a new agreement that recognizes the strength and value of our networks and the popular programming they offer.’’

Cable One said it will automatically start crediting customers on their next bill.

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