MASSENA - A just over two-week contract dispute that left DISH Network customers in Northern New York without CBS and Fox affiliates has ended, but not before raising the blood pressure of hundreds of customers that were without some of their favorite programs and local news.
But the frustration levels were even higher for sports fans - left with no Sunday afternoon football for the past two weeks and without service for the Amercian League Championship series and the first two games of the World Series.
Laurie Demers, Ogdensburg, admitted said she was pretty upset when the CBS and Fox stations were replaced by a message from DISH blaming the parent company of the two Watertown stations for the outage.
Ms. Demers, an admittedly infrequent television watcher, said she was frustrated that she would no longer be able to watch the local news on the two stations, but that frustration turned to anger as the dispute carried on and she was unable to watch her beloved Boston Rex Sox win the championship series and move on into the World Series.
I am pretty angry with the Dish Network. I was upset from the beginning when they blacked out the network. They said to me, Well give you $5 off your next bill. I said, Well Yip dee doo. What good does that do me? she said. Its kind of like politics but it really started for me when they blocked out the local channels a few weeks ago with local news. When the Red Sox got to the playoffs and now made the World Series, (my anger) has escalated, she noted.
Wednesday night I posted on Facebook that I was furious with the network. Normally I could care less and dont watch much TV but with the Sox in the World Series. ... that doesnt happen every year, Ms. Demers added.
I actually called Dish Network and they tried to tell me (the dispute) is over pricing but its actually over contract language. What infuriated me the other night, Fox had so many other things on different channels. When I was a kid the World Series was on every channel.
The Red Sox finished the 2012 season with an abysmal 69-93, before a remarkable turnaround in the 2013 campaign. The group finished tied atop the MLB standings at 97-65, winning their division over among other teams, the teams bitter rival, the New York Yankees.
I think Dish Network is run by Yankees fans, Ms. Demers joked.
The World Series between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals is two games old and tied at one game a piece. Since 2000, every World Series game has been broadcast on Fox, something that has put the Boston born Ms. Demers in quite a bind.
I went somewhere Saturday night to watch the last playoff game (ALCS Game 6). I havent been able to find anything to work online lately and havent even seen the World Series, she said.
Ms. Demers, whose husband Dave is a Yankees fan, said that she has had just about enough with not only Dish, but television providers in general.
Im at the point where I dont even care if we have a TV anymore. Im at that point. This whole thing blows my mind, she said Friday afternoon, just hours before the settlement between the parties was reached.