NEW YORK -- The NFL Network will be available for free to
most Time Warner Cable subscribers next week, giving many Rutgers
fans a chance to watch the team's bowl game.
The network said Monday it accepted Time Warner's offer to make
a "freeview" available from Dec. 24-30 to customers who subscribe
to the cable TV operator's digital basic tier. Time Warner
confirmed that 75 percent of its New York-area customers receive
that particular service.
Rutgers, coming off one of the best seasons in school history,
plays Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28 in Houston.
"We're delighted for both the Rutgers fans and our customers in
the New York City-New Jersey area," Time Warner Cable spokesman
Mark Harrad said.
The "freeview" will also include the Insight Bowl between
Minnesota and Texas Tech on Dec. 29, but it will not include the
Dec. 30 NFL game between the New York Giants and Washington
Redskins. Fans in the New York and Washington areas can see that
game on another station.
Neither Time Warner nor Cablevision, two of the nation's largest
cable carriers, carry the NFL Network. Last week, Cablevision
agreed to broadcast the network only for the Texas Bowl, showing
all pre- and post-game coverage.
The Texas Bowl not being available to many viewers in New York
had become a contentious issue because Rutgers has become a popular
team in the area. The NFL Network owns the rights to the Texas
The NFL Network is available in about 40 million of the 111
million homes with TVs. In comparison, ESPN, which airs Monday
night games, is available in 92 million homes.