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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Time Warner, WLUK-TV brou-ha-ha means no "Seinfeld" reruns

OK, so maybe you know about this already, but after Thursday, 150,000 Time-Warner customers in the Green Bay area may no longer get to watch WLUK-TV (the Fox affiliate) because of a contract dispute.

Apparently both sides are at the table and a deal may yet be brokered. Yay?

While the emphasis has -- rightly so -- been put on whether viewers can survive without being able to watch Green Bay Packers games, I'm more upset over potentially losing my nightly reruns of "Seinfeld" and new episodes of "House." (Not to mention "Jeopardy!" and the occasional episode of "COPS").

Now I'm not going to take sides because, quite frankly, I don't like either party very much (disclaimer: Time Warner is my cable company but not because I had a choice in the matter -- thank you free market economics!). They're both clearly greedy and it's the viewers who will suffer -- although, arguably, not watching "COPS" is probably a plus.

Solution? If Time Warner and WLUK can't work out their problems like adults, perhaps they'll be willing to go in on the deluxe coffee table box set of "Seinfeld" for me.

Otherwise, I can take a page from an early episode of "Seinfeld" and get a couple of Russian cable guys to hook me up.

-- Malavika Jagannathan,

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