Monday, July 31, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Adelphia Sale Closes

Reuters and other news wires report tonight that the $17 billion acquisition of Adelphia's assets by Time Warner and Comcast has been completed.

That paves the way for Time Warner to take over the Cleveland-based Adelphia system effective at midnight tonight. Along with the area's Adelphia customers, Time Warner also takes in Comcast systems in the Cleveland market in a complicated system swap with that operator. In turn, Comcast takes over some Time Warner systems in other markets.

We can't speak for Comcast, since the palatial OMW World Headquarters in northwest Akron is on the Adelphia side.

But Adelphia's been running what presumably is the last edition (under that title, at least) of "Ask Adelphia", its local questions-and-answers show on cable channel 15. We missed most of it, but this month's edition concentrates on the merger, with an assurance that not much will change when TWC takes over tomorrow.

One thing that does appear likely to change is the presence of NFL Network on the cable lineup. Time Warner has given prior notice that it could drop the NFL-run cable channel when it takes over the new systems, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by the folks at the network.

Not only has NFL Network been running an advertising blitz aimed at Time Warner's non-carriage of the channel, it's running a regular crawl tonight telling TWC customers that the channel could go away at midnight, and asking them to call an NFL Network toll-free line to register their complaints.

Other channels could go away for ex-Adelphia and ex-Comcast customers locally as well, as ESPNU and the HD version of ESPN2 are reportedly on the "we don't have the rights" chopping block.

But other channels could be new to people formerly on those systems, including the HD version of TNT and the HD feed of local UPN -> My Network TV outlet WUAB/43 "My 43"...


Anonymous said...

Yes that is how I understand it too.

Tomorrow is the starting day of the NEW TIME WARNER...

lets see what the future enholds


idrmrsr said...

Wonder how fast...and how HIGH they will jack up the rates?

Seems like I'll be checking out rabbit ears and DSL prices.

Wish they'd have waited until Sopranos ended when I could really conceive of giving it all up!

Ohio Media Watch said...

At this point, the TWC folks are saying there are no immediate price increases for us Adelphia and Comcast folks joining up with them in about, oh, an hour and 15 minutes from this writing.

Of course, considering that most cable systems have some sort of rate increase every year or do the math.


Ben said...

sitting here waiting until midnight to see if anything happens.....

Anonymous said...

Oh, joy. The HD feed of a former UPN affiliate that didn't fight for the right to air CW programming because it preferred airing Cavs games to UPN programming. Oh, wait. Gee, looks like Fox Sports Ohio will have a lock on those. My don't the powers-that-be at WUAB look brainless now? Oh, wait. Aren't they the same hacks that run WOIO? Ooops. After midnight and there goes my NFL Network. They have until the first week of the regular season, then I'm gone. God, I hate mega corporations.

Ohio Media Watch said...

OK, so it's still early, but at this hour on the now-former Adelphia system, they have yet to stop NFL Network on digital channel 178.

It is, though, just a few minutes after midnight.

It appears WUAB-DT is showing up for those people with QAM tuners.

More details later...


Anonymous said...

I don't even see the HD version of WUAB courtesy of the cable box, ESPN2 currently remains on the HD tier, but they wasted NO time in ripping NFL Network off the same tier.

Anonymous said...

I spoke too soon, digital version of NFL Network just got the boot...farging bastiges!!!!

Ohio Media Watch said...

We have a new update above.

We're not altogether sure how solid the ESPN2HD information was. TWC HAS a nationwide pact with ESPN for that feed, and we didn't see why some were saying it would go away.

TWC has yet to add it to their original Northeast Ohio system, but we didn't see why ESPN2HD had to be kicked off the new part of the system coming on tonight.

So far, we're still getting it, and don't expect it to go at least tonight.