Time Warner Cable in Syracuse, N.Y., has notified its customers that it plans to drop GSN as of April 30, as well as moving The Outdoor Channel to a sports tier and National Geographic Channel from basic to digital basic, system spokesman Jeff Unaitis said Thursday.
The development is the latest in the ongoing saga over what the MSO claimed is a periodic review, deleting and repositioning some networks at a number of systems across the country.
Both GSN and TOC have been running ads in Syracuse to try to stop the switches by Time Warner, and the system has been getting calls from fans of the networks, according to Unaitis and to GSN president Rich Cronin.
GSN is in talks with Time Warner, as is TOC. If they were to come to terms with the cable operator, those networks could conceivably remain status quo in Syracuse and other systems.
Effective April 1, Time Warner is reducing the price of its sports tier to $1.95 per month from $4.95 in Syracuse.