INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell talks during the trophy presentation after Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
If you have Insight Cable, most likely you enjoy flipping through the channels (with your favorite Bruce Springsteen song playing in the background) and when you realize that there's nothing on, you settle on the NFL Network. Some just head there immediately, understanding the futility that most television sucks so why waste time searching for something when you know eventually you'll settle on the NFL Network as your "hot read". Thursday night games are available to you, whereas most of the country frustratingly flirts with insanity because the illegal streams are choppy before they're finally taken offline, turning a simple quest to one that even Frodo could sympathize with you.
You're probably thinking to yourself, I'm awesome for having Insight Cable. You are, champ. You are the epitome of human evolution. Until now. The moment in the sun may soon come to an end after the Federal Communications Commission approved Time Warner's acquisition of Insight Cable for $3 billion on a deal expected to close "before July 1." Once the transfer happens, you can probably kiss the NFL Network goodbye because Time Warner has no agreement in place to broadcast the NFL Network.
This comes at a time when the NFL is looking to increase their coverage, hoping to frustrate fans without the NFL Network to pressure a cable company like Time Warner.
Last week the NFL announced that their Thursday Night schedule will be expanding, carrying 13 live games on Thursday night, which will begin in week two through week 15, with the exception of for week 12 thus allowing every team in the NFL at least one primetime game -- is it still "primetime" when most of the nation doesn't see it because they don't have the NFL Network?
However if the local team, say the Cincinnati Bengals, have a Thursday Night game scheduled, then those within the local market will still see the game on one of the local networks, so people without the NFL Network will still be able to see their home teams play. That is if the game is actually sold out.
Yea, Insight subscribers. You're about to be as awesome as the rest of us.