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Strong-arming Armstrong

Published: Wed, August 25, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Strong-arming Armstrong

I take exception to attempts to villainize Armstrong Cable in the flap between Armstrong and the Big Ten.

The vast majority of Armstrong’s basic cable subscribers want to keep the cost as low as their budget allows. There are certain broadcast services available in addition to “basic” that I want to see, and that I pay extra for. To me, it’s worth it.

If I wanted BTN, I’d certainly be willing to pay for it. Armstrong could and would certainly make BTN available in a “plus” package. Mr. Silverman’s allegation that “agreeing to Armstrong’s terms would cause the network’s agreements with other cable subscribers to fall apart” makes no sense at all, and as Judge Judy says, “If it doesn’t make sense, then it’s not true.” It looks like posturing malarkey to me.

My household has subscribed to Armstrong cable TV since the 1970s, and we have subscribed to certain, but not all, of the “expanded” TV coverage. We use Armstrong for our internet service, and for our telephone landline service. We’ve been happy customers throughout.

R.C.Beck, Mineral Ridge


1JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

jrolley, do you have the Big Ten Network to be able to say it's overrated? I've had it since it's inception (through DirecTV) and it's not overated, and I expect other Conferences to follow the Big Ten's lead.
I agree that not everyone will watch it, just as if they wouldn't watch another sports network. But for any college sports fans, and it is a nice network that's here to stay.
During the basketball season, the Buckeyes are sometimes on ESPN or CBS, but the majority of the games are on the BTN.
But, considering the majority of folks in this area are not huge Ohio State fans, I wouldn't expect Armstrong to add the channel. I would say that you fall in the category of not a big Ohio State fan since your only concerned about watching the "big" games.

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2JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

You have to wonder, if the University of Pittsburgh was invited to join the Big Ten, how quickly would Armstrong be to add the BTN.

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3JME(801 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Obviously your not a fan of college sports

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Please do not put the big ten on Armstrong we have enough stupid things now. Just watch home shopping and get your kicks :)

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