And the New Jersey Devils too!
Let’s say you’re a New York sports fan looking for a way to get your TV. Cable or satellite, it doesn’t matter, it just has to look great on your new set. You live in one of the biggest cities on earth and you’ve got a few options, but there’s only one that has The Rangers, The Islanders, and the Knicks in HD, the others just have standard def broadcasts. That’s pretty much the choice made for you right then and there isn’t it?
As of this date, Cablevision is the only provider in New York with access to high definition broadcasts of games taking place in Madison Square Garden, and they’re not letting anyone else have it for any cost. This is what Verizon’s complaining about in their petition to the FCC. They say that not being able to offer this option has hindered them in such a way that they are unable to sell their service within the city.
According to a press release issued by Verizon earlier today, it was only after a similar petition that Cablevision allowed them standard definition access to the events at MSG.