Thank you, Caps09, for posting those links. Great work. it's good to know we're getting some attention.
I'd also like to thank you for starting this issue up as long ago as you did. My hat's off to you.
I've assembled some stats. Here they are.
The following users have requested to be able to see the Caps on CSN+ in the "Suggest Channels" thread:
Howard/AA Counties MD
caps81737 11/07 11/12
Harford County MD
BmoreCapsFan 11/04 & 23
elicea 11/14 Newport News
annandaleva 11/16 Northern VA
Benjammin 11/21/09 Richmond
Caps09 10/17 11/01 11/06 11/18, 11/21 Richmond
no location given:
That's 26 requests for CSN+ for Caps games between 10/30 and 11/22: 15 Howard/AA, 1 Harford, 4 VA, 6 no location given.
Add to those the following requestors in the "Comcast Sportsnet Plus (DC)" thread who have not posted in the "Suggest Channels" thread.
capsfan78 AA County, 11/06
gdw10 AA County, 11/06
Terps1984 AA County, 11/11
cparks AA County, 11/12
hockeygene PG County, 11/14
spbbp09 Howard County 11/14
The grand total is 32 requests for CSN+ in the MD and VA suburbs made by Caps fans since 10/30/2009.
Thanks for the link Caps09. The blogger that you linked to the other day has posted some more info:
That blog has a very detailed and reasonable explanation, which is exactly what we've been asking for here. It's too bad no one from Verizon will tell us this, but it's nice to know that they're working on it. I wonder how many subscribers they're willing to lose in the meantime.
It seems that this thing is finally to the point where the parties involved are trying to fix it. I wonder why it took two years without CSN+ for anything to happen, but it may have been our recent complaints that did it.
Please don't be silent about this though...the Caps and Canadiens are on CSN+ this Saturday. Thanks everyone for posting!!!
I've pretty much decided that, next summer I will be going back to comcast if this is not resolved...I'd do it sooner, but I may lose the CenterIce pkg. I've already paid for...Verizon has till July to fix this--or I'm gone...this has been going on for TWO YEARS...why couldn't they have just left the games on NewsChannel 8? We GET that waste of a channel...
CSN had to expand their footprint for these games because MASN clearly had them beat. News Channel 8 was only available close to DC, and even then, only on certain cable operators. The NC8 games didn't even come close to where I live in Richmond, much less other parts of the CSN footprint. CSN+ was a great idea, but at ths point it looks like MASN still has them beat, because every operator has to carry both MASN and MASN2, plus MASN2 is a continuous feed all summer. At least Verizon is trying to get their act together at this point and get the channel, but I cannot fault you whatsoever if you leave. This is really frustrating...
Also, this Saturday's game @ Montreal will be carried on NHL Network in the U.S., but don't forget that it's blacked out in our region because it will be available on CSN+.
In case anyone from Verizon is reading the posts here, I'D LIKE TO PROPOSE A SOLUTION-
I posted it on Mike Holden's blog last night, but I've been thinking about it since as something that just might work. For areas in the CSN footprint that don't have FiOS1, simply put up a feed of the FiOS "help channel" (The channel that comes on after the cable box is reset). With the help channel duplicated on channel 1, this creates "filler" for when there is no CSN+ programming on. When CSN programming comes on, use the same mechanism currently in place to switch between FiOS1 and CSN+. The channel can just be listed in the guide as "Comcast Sportsnet Plus", with "off air" during the times when the help channel is on.
This would probably be a temporary solution, but is absolutely adequate until CSN and Verizon work out a permanent one.
I live in Anne Arundel County and I noticed a few weeks back that Comcast got rid of Fios1 which would broadcast the Wizards or Capitals game depending on who was on CSN+. I think this is absolutely rediculous. I pay a lot of money almost $200.00 a month for FIOS service and when the capitals and/or wizards are playing I'd like to have the option to watch them play. For example, tonight the Wizards are playing on CSN, and the Caps are playing on CSN+. I would prefer to watch the caps game but would much rather prefer the option to watch both games. This is absolutely rediculous. I was a comcast customer for over 10 years and I never had an issue with watching either the caps or wizards game. Verizon must do something to get CSN+ or get FIOS1 back up and going in Anne Arundel County. If I have to miss anymore Caps or Wizards games because of Verizon not playing them, I will switch back to Comcast as will many others that I know. If we do this, Verizon will lose over $1K a month just off myself and friends of mine. This is unacceptable.