Why should Atlantic Broadband customers be held hostage when it comes to Big Ten football?
We are the only customers in our surrounding area that won't be seeing Penn State football for at least one third of this season.
I am a current Atlantic Broadband subscriber, and I pay for a lot of channels that I would care less about. This I do care about.
Comcast, Satellite and Verizon have all figured out how to give the Big Ten network to their customers. Atlantic Broadband is the only one who doesn't care about their subscribers.
The excuse is that not enough people care about it. I don't care to see the cooking shows, or QVC, Outdoor Network, Game Show network, TV Land and many others.
Why should I have to chip in and pay for those when not enough want to chip in for the Big Ten Network?
Big Ten Network wanted now
In regards to Cory Giger's article last week about the Big Ten Network, Atlantic Broadband is failing to see the importance to their customers.
We sports fans that want to see our blue and white teams want the Big Ten Network.
Atlantic Broadband didn't ask me if I wanted The Game Show Network, but I have it. They didn't ask me if I wanted the Home Shopping Network, but I have that, too.
I don't believe people haven't complained to the local cable company.
I and many of my co-workers have repeatedly called the local office at Atlantic Broadband with little or no response. Their response is ''we are working on it, but it doesn't look good.''
I hope my current $189 bill at Atlantic Broadband will help them afford the Big Ten Network. I have all three services offered by them - cable, phone and internet. All the surrounding cable companies have the new network.
Because we are a little market, we are being put out to pasture. I guess David Dane of Atlantic Broadband isn't a big Lion fan.
It will be a real shame not to see a third of PSU football games this year.
Plans to drop service
David Dane's comments that adding the Big Ten Network to Atlantic Broadband programming ''doesn't seem to be all that big of a deal to Atlantic Broadband customers'' and that the current ''interest level is less than mild'' are absolutely baseless.
Dane has performed no scientific marketing study or demographic analysis, nor has he looked at TV ratings during PSU football games.
Gopsusports.com reports that more than 80 percent of all Pennsylvania cable subscribers are now receiving the BTN. If you follow Dane's logic, Comcast, and many other cable companies, as well as the rest of the state's customer base are much more interested in Penn State sports than the Altoona area.
Doesn't Dane realize that Altoona is home to Penn State's most requested branch campus? I have friends and relatives in northern Cambria County who hate Penn State, and yet they receive the network. How pathetic is that?
I'm not sure what Dane expects us to do. I have called Atlantic Broadband several times only to get connected with someone who has never even heard of the Big Ten Network. Dane is holding us hostage.
I plan to drop my Atlantic Broadband cable TV and internet service and switch to a dish network. I hope many others do the same.
David Dane is obviously a Pitt fan.
Dishes mounting on roofs
David Dane from Atlantic Broadband should stop and count the dishes on roofs in Altoona and surrounding areas. The Dish Network and DirecTV are in my area several times a week installing.
It ''doesn't seem to be all that big of a deal'' with his customers because the true football fans (and sports lovers) have left him and watch the games in HD on satellite.
Richard T. Haggart
Follow Comcast's lead
Penn State fans don't matter to cable company.
I am tired of Mr. Dane saying there is no interest in Penn State football - just because he does not follow college football a lot of his customers do.
He must be a Steelers fan.
When they made the playoffs last year, we had the NFL network for about two weeks. Our cable company said they were waiting to see what Comcast did and they would follow suit. Comcast made a deal two months ago and are trying to be fair to their customers.
Atlantic Broadband is slapping Penn State fans in the face again. We are going to miss at least four games, including the season opener. I am one missed game away from getting a dish.
'Lion' in the sand
A line has been drawn on the field of Penn State.
President Graham Spanier publicly announced that no contract extension will be discussed until after the season, leaving the possibility that there will be no extension. Joe Paterno countered that he doesn't need a contract to continue coaching. Who will blink first?
The endgame of this chess match may depend heavily on how the Lions fare on the field this season as well as off the field. ESPN's Outside the Lines has already painted Paterno in a bad light with regard to discipline. Spanier, on the other hand, looked like a hero. Perhaps it was just a witch hunt, but where there's smoke, there's often fire. Any more significant disciplinary problems and this issue could burn Paterno at the stake.
How many wins does he need to keep Spanier and Curley off his lawn? I think 10-plus wins and a BCS bowl would line Paterno's pawns up well enough to prevent Spanier's attacking rooks. After all, the university will look really bad forcing him out simply because he can't win games anymore.
But 8-4 or, heaven forbid, 7-5 and another yard tool or dot.com bowl, and I think Spanier will have the strength, along with the disciplinary situation, to go for checkmate if he so chooses.
The good news for Joe? A favorable schedule and a lot of returning players should set him up well enough to achieve double digits. Clark, Devlin, or a tandem of the two with an experienced line should be better than the accident-prone and inconsistent Morelli. A stable of impressive backs and a seasoned line are elements that have combined in the past for some impressive seasons.
The defensive line looked to be strong with talent and depth. That depth has been decimated by discipline and the injury to Still. Losing Lee looms large.
It appears PSU will have to score some points to win games, putting the season on the shoulders of Jay Paterno and his HD spread offense. The only successful season since Jay started calling passing plays was 2005 with a quarterback who had enough talent to overcome the coaching ineptitude.
We won a lot of games in 2005, but we had a guy that could overcome playcalling.
Can lightning strike twice?
Todd A. Sponsler