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WOW Cable TV Punts NFL Network

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Customers of WOW Digital Basic Cable in Michigan and elsewhere won’t be receiving the NFL Network as of Aug. 1.

The cable company said cost was the issue.

In a message to subscribers, CEO Collenn Abdoulah said: “The bottom line is this: We accept that programming expenses increase each year. We don’t like it, but we get that everyone has a business to run — as do we. Unfortunately, in today’s environment, the increases demanded by many programming networks are excessive. So while we believe the NFL Network to be a worthy channel, it’s not worth carrying at any price.”

WOW said games of local NFL teams will continue to be aired on local broadcast stations and are not affected.

In Michigan, WOW cable is offered in Allen Park, Berkley, Canton Township, Centerline, Clawson, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Eastpointe, Ferndale, Fraser, Garden City, Grosse Ile, Harrison Township, Hazel Park,
Huntington Woods, Lincoln Park, Madison Heights, Melvindale, Mt. Clemens, Northville, Northville Township, Pleasant Ridge, Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Riverview, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Roseville, Royal Oak, Shelby Township, Southgate, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Trenton, Troy, Utica, Warren, Wayne, Westland and Woodhaven.

(c) 2010, WWJ Newsradio 950.

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