WOW subscribers missing this evening's Pistons opener
Subscribers to WOW cable in southeast Michigan were surprised this evening when they tuned in expecting to watch Fox Sports Detroit's coverage of the Pistons' season opening contest against the Indiana Pacers and instead saw alternative programming. As it turns out, WOW and FS Detroit have not yet completed an agreement that would bring the extra Pistons games acquired this year by FS Detroit to WOW, resulting in tonight's blackout of the Pistons on the local WOW system.
Fox Sports released this information this evening: "Fox Sports Detroit is now the exclusive local TV home for the Pistons, televising an additional 34 games this season for a total of 70, the most ever by our network. The vast majority of our local cable systems have decided to make all of these games available to their subscribers, yet some have not. You may wish to contact your cable provider to see whether they might offer these additional 34 games. Your feedback and input does matter and is appreciated by your video service provider."
A recorded message on WOW customer service line states: "Attention Michigan customers... the Pistons-Pacers game will not be shown tonight due to contract obligations with Fox Sports. We are in negotiations with them at the present time in an effort to provide future games to you. If you are calling regarding this issue, you do not need to stay on the line."
It's important to note that this issue involves only the 34 extra Pistons games, of which tonight was one of those, and not other FS Detroit programming such as the other 36 Pistons broadcasts and all previous scheduled Detroit Red Wings games on FS Detroit. Tonight's Wings game is still scheduled to air on FSN Plus, which is Channel 14 on WOW, with the faceoff scheduled just past 10pm.
WKBD-TV (Channel 50) wants to inform and entertain its viewers. That effort includes a community affairs show called "Street Beat," which airs 11:30 a.m. Sundays and attempts to go behind the headlines to give Metro Detroiters news and features that truly impact their communities. Hosted by Tim Lawlis, "Street Beat" is a mixture of in-studio interviews and special "Community Correspondent" segments. Informative and inclusive, the show has a deaf correspondent -- Kenya Lowe -- who also is African American; a Chinese-American correspondent, Wei Shen; and an Indian-American correspondent, Nipa Shah. In addition to creating its own programming, WKBD, the local CW affiliate, also will be the only local broadcast network Tuesday airing both its regular primetime series and election updates... 'Street Beat' has a mix of reporters (Wed, 10/29)