Life Without Food (Network, or HGTV!)

By   |   January 5, 2010   |   Entertainment

white-house_super-chefs-group_s4x3_leadTV DivaGal isn’t the only one feeling for Cablevision subscribers.

They haven’t seen the Food Network and its sister channel HGTV since midnight New Year’s Eve. After licensing fee negotiations between the cable provider and the networks broke down, the channels were pulled from the Cablevision lineup.

Food Network president Brooke Johnson is totally bummed out that dedicated viewers missed out on Iron Chef America: Super Chef Battle.

“The secret ingredient was [First Lady] Michelle Obama‘s White House garden. We’re very disappointed that our fans didn’t get to see that,” she shares with the TV DivaGal.

And then there’s Food Network’s new series, Worst Cooks In America. “People nominate friends and family who are terrible cooks, and our chefs have to take them to cooking boot camp and bring them up to snuff,” Brooke explains. “It’s a really cute show.”

With no definitive end to how long the networks will be off Cablevision’s roster, TV DivaGal had to ask, would Food Network start streaming its programs online on a pay scale, or offer iTunes downloads of programming?

“I don’t feel comfortable having Cablevision customers pay for something that they were, up until midnight Thursday night, getting as part of their cable package,” Brooke declares. But she adds, “We can keep it under consideration.”

That’s good to know! As for Food Network’s stars, “They’ve all been really supportive,” Brooke says. “They just want to know what they can do to help to solve the situation.”

I’m thinking a communal meal from the stars of Food Network for all Cablevision customers might be a good start.

Here’s hoping that Cablevision and Food Network can kiss and make up soon.

photo credit: Food Network

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  1. Mom
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Well, I have been thinking about going over to Verizon. Do they have these two channels? I do like the HGTV and I probably qualify for the worse cook show. Just seems strange that I pay so much for Cablevision and now three of the shows I use to watch are gone. Still miss FitTV.
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