You have probably heard that Time Warner customers in Milwaukee are not able to view the local ABC channel WISN/12.  Between morning radio and facebook posts, it would seem the world was ending.  This is not a big deal people.

First, it is summer – what is worth watching on local broadcast in the summer?  Don’t say The Bachelorette.

Second, you can easily go online and see the program that you missed.  What, you missed the 10pm newscast with your favorite anchors?  Are you seriously telling me that you wait until 10pm to get your news for the day?  Seriously.

Third, it should not be the responsibility of the consumer to call Time Warner or WISN.  What they pay each other should not be of concern to me – they should handle this behind closed doors and keep me out of it.  WISN blackouts programs so we will call Time Warner (who really does that?).  Then Time Warner sends out an email blaming WISN for the high costs. Give me a break – just provide the programming you say you will provide.

Am I going to switch to Dish or AT&T? – probably not since every carrier has issues at some point with programming blackouts.  However, the point of the rant is to prove that consumers have other options – mostly online.  So while WISN and Time Warner continue to battle it out, more and more viewers are going to discover these alternatives.  Either go online and watch your precious episode of The Bachelorette or figure out something else to do – it is summer!  Get outside!

 

Julie Wagner

Media Supervisor

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Paulus Maximus

    Praise Jesus that MTV isn’t blocked. I need my fix of Jersey Shore and 16 and pregnant. My life is so hollow I need to fill the void with mindless reality TV shows.

  2. Mj

    Nicely said Julie and how hard was it for you to write this without using one wtf:)

  3. Caribou

    Pleanty of people actually wait until 10pm to get their news. Especially in MKE. What this does is give every other news outlet in Milwaukee a leg up. You underestimate the relationship people develop with TV ‘personalities’. Believe it or not, people will call both sides of this equation so they can can see Kathy Mikelby’s (sp) cockeyed Elvis curl deliver the latest brat-tastrophy on highway 50.

  4. Julie Wagner

    @Caribou – you are correct. I wasn’t thinking about the 55+ audience.

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