sh76 brought this topic up, and I feel it deserves its own thread.
sh76 mentioned that since he switched to Verizon FIOS, he can no longer get MSNBC. So he is unable to listen to Olbermann and Maddow and point out their "whoppers".
According to Wikipedia,
MSNBC is currently not available to Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse TV subscribers in portions of New York, northern New Jersey and Connecticut which overlap with Cablevision's cable television territory. The reason for the lack of availability is, in part, due to an exclusive carriage agreement that msnbc entered into with Cablevision, which prohibits competing wired providers from carrying the network. The terms of the agreement (i.e. when the exclusive agreement expires) are not publicly known.
A suit from Verizon to the FCC has recently been filed in order to force the termination of this deal. Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal wrote to new FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, agreeing with Verizon, saying that the deal may be illegal
My general position is that carriers can choose whether or not to carry whatever content they wish - but they have no business making these kinds of exclusivity deals. Seems like Cablevision is using an unfair tactic in it's effort to compete with Verizon. Even if courts rule that Cablevision's actions are legal, they are definitely NOT cool.