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When will Bills/Sabres programming come to MSG via DirectTV?

Inquiring minds with DirecTV want to know: Is the satellite service going to carry the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres programming available on MSG Western New York any time soon?

It isn’t easy getting a direct answer.

One thing is clear: It isn’t MSG’s fault. It wants the programming on as soon as possible.

Here is a statement from MSG: “The programming we provide DirecTV as part of MSG Network in Western New York is the same as we provide to all other distributors in the market.  There are no obstacles that would prevent DirecTV from providing this programming to Western New York subscribers.”

All I could get from the media office of DirecTV was a brief statement open to interpretation.

Here is the DirecTV statement: “While we currently provide all of MSG’s live pro action that’s available to Buffalo fans, we continue to discuss new ways to bring its programs into Western New York to enhance our customers’ viewing experience.”

In other words, DirecTV will carry the Buffalo Sabres games this National Hockey League season as usual, but it isn’t making any promises about carrying the TV simulcasts of “The John Murphy Show,” “Hockey Hotline,” “The Rex Ryan Show” and other programming being carried by Time Warner Cable and other distributors.

I suspect all DirecTV has to do to carry the programs is to flip a switch.

In situations like this, the best thing for DirecTV subscribers in WNY to do is complain to the satellite service in the hopes it will react to potential subscriber losses.


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