kidhell wrote:I can not believe how stupid Time Warner Cable is regarding their new SportsNet channel. Now, just because they may have overpaid by an extreme amount for the exclusive rights to the Lakers for the next 25 or whatever years, means that we all now must suffer as a result. And what genius work for TWC who would want to so badly burn such a dedicated fan-base as Lakers fans. They should have done a short term, year or two long deal with all cable carriers to establish themselves as the Lakers new home, then, if necessary, do a price increase or renegotiate longer term deals to provide their channel to carriers. But right off the bad, they go and put a bad taste in the mouth of any Lakers fan who does not happen to have Time Warner Cable... I mean, how stupid are their marketing executives?!? Every time I see on of their SportsNet Lakers commercials, I get mad. Is this how you start a channel or a company, by rubbing an entire community the wrong way?
Very good post. And it is practices like this that have cemented why I will never spend one dime on cable with TW for the rest of my life. I understand most corp companies are greedy (bleep) (bleep), but TWC took it to another level. Time Warner is a gazillion dollar business and I use to go to TW store fronts and they had the biggest slaps working there with the worst customer service and the WORST tv packages known to man. And on top of that, overpaid for nothing but basic crap. Now, unfortunately, I am still stuck with TW internet and phone, but that will soon change as Verizon Fios has finally started the process in my area to put that service in by putting the fiber optics in the ground.
Now, after TW was seeing how people were leaving in droves to Directv, Dish, etc, THEN they finally decided to start spending money on the product. And of course, as soon as they did, they went back to being the same ole pieces of (bleep) they always have been. They could have actually done something good for once and had this thing settled before October 1, BUT NO, they are going to deprive hundreds of thousands of Laker fans the first day of the flagship channel.
I am somewhat disappointed in the Lakers org for this too. If its that important to not have certain sideline reporters on a broadcast but not be upfront on having their fans actually watch the damn games.
I know this will get done, but not having it done by today just proves more and more that they corp mother (bleep) care less and less about their customers and the only way to combat it is make sure they don't get a dime of our money. No matter what.