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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

How to see UC on ESPNU

This just in... No way that Time Warner will have UC's third-round NIT game at 6 p.m. today from ESPNU.
So if you want to see the UC-South Carolina game, you'll need Adelphia or Insight digital cable, or DirecTV -- or to go to a sports bar.
You'll find ESPNU on:
--Adelphia basic digital Channel 125 in Liberty and Delhi townships, Amelia, Cleves, Maineville and Morrow. If you've got Adelphia digital cable, you'll have it. ESPNU was just added to your systems.
--Insight digital Channel 447, if you have bought the extra-pay Sports & Lifestyle and Family tiers.
--DirecTV Channel 609, if you have the extra-pay sports package.
Time Warner has never added ESPNU, the college sports channel launched a year ago.
“We apologize to the UC fans,” says Rob Howard, local Time Warner public affairs director. “It’s unfortunate. There are a lot of channels out there, and we get a lot of requests from customers for certain channels. We are negotiating at a corporate level to carry ESPNU on a broad basis. But it takes some time for these things to be negotiated.”
Radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. today on WLW-AM (700).
WXIX-TV (Channel 19), the Bearcats’ TV flagship, was not offered the game by ESPNU, says Tony Phillips, Fox 19 promotion manager. “We approached ESPN about local rights and were told none were available for this game. They held rights for their own networks,” Phillips says.


at 3/23/2006 4:04 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

That really bites that XIX couldn't get a hold of the game. What were the powers that be at ESPN thinking? It would have been an easy way to promote the new channel to a market that doesn't have it. Of course that would give the folks at Time Warner even more headaches.

at 3/23/2006 4:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call everyone in Cincinnati and tell them to call time warner cable and tell them put the customer service back ito the customer service . twcable sucks i havent seen any channels that i would like to see and prices rise as service goes down ie i had to wait for 1hr and 48min for them to call me back that sucked DOWN WITH TWCABLE

at 3/23/2006 8:41 PM Anonymous Rick said...

Who on earth would bundle their phone/cable/internet with Time Warner??? You would have to be out of your mind. I just waited on hold for ONE AND ONE HALF HOURS!!! it is simply the worst run company I've ever dealt with... There is no way too many suckers can be falling for their telephone service scam...
Cincinnati Bell never looked so good... If there were any cable TV competition at all, TW would have been history a decade ago...

at 3/23/2006 9:50 PM Blogger Matt said...

C'mon Adelphia ... you've come all the way out to Morrow ... just come on out 10 miles farther to Blanchester!

I won't switch from Time Warner for one game, but if ESPN's networks get all the Big East games, there may be more games on ESPNU. Then we'll have to see...

at 3/23/2006 10:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait until the merge between Adelphia and TimeWarner takes effect.

TW has gone downhill since they regionalized everything.

Doesn't everyone love the digitized freezing of channels 2 through 87? I love, just LOVE that 5 second time delay.

If today isn't a great promotion for DirecTV or DISH, beats me!

at 3/24/2006 12:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you sound excited about the merger of tw and adelphia. it sucks as far as i am concerned adelphia people will be history as everything becomes tw and that means its all over folks the adelphia customers are in for a shock with higher bills less customer service and less of every thing including less money in pockets because oh higher bill

at 3/24/2006 8:28 AM Anonymous dawgsfan47 said...

I signed up yesterday for direcTV and can't wait. It gets installed on Sunday. It makes me sick to send money to TW every month...the bill increases every month, it's too expensive, and they don't have several channels I want. Buh-bye Time Warner!!! I won't miss ya!

at 3/24/2006 11:19 AM Blogger BMurdock said...

I've been a DirecTV customer for almost 8 years and love it! Sure price structures change that's too be expected but I haven't experienced anything drastic.

I'd recommend ponying up the extra 5 or 6 bucks a month and the TIVO service. I don't know how I lived without it.

at 3/26/2006 5:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John can you get us the address for time warner cable corporate so we can write them and say listen to us the people who pay them all the money for NOTHING

at 3/27/2006 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John are U there ?

at 10/20/2006 12:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

aGreat, Adelphia digital cable adds ESPNU, Time Warner takes over and bye bye ESPNU.

at 12/11/2006 8:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just recently got RID of my TWC because of the HORRIBLE service they offer. I had originally signed up with TWC to get their bundled package, I had to wait two weeks for an appointment for Nov. 3 for TWC to hook up my phone and internet (I already had their horrible cable). Nov. 3 came and nobody showed up. Nov. 4th TWC called to tell me they weren't, no kidding. I then set up another appointment for another two weeks. In the mean time Cincinnati Bell called and offered me a great deal for great services, so I kept my phone and internet. That same day I called Directv for their service and 5 days later I was watching my Directv service. I just received a bill from TWC for $1400.00 for cancelling my service...although I wasn't in a contract. TWC HAS THE WORST SERVICE EVER THOUGHT OF AND IF THERE WAS ANY OTHER CABLE COMPANY TO COMPETE WITH THEM THEY WOULD BE BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER IN AN INSTANT. When I called Cincinnati Bell initially to cancel for TWC, they gave me some amazing statistics of how many of their customers come back after switching to TWC.

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