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Hockey playoff game bumped by Principal infomercial

I was watching the third period of Game 6 of the Minnesota Wild-Colorado Avalanche NHL playoff series late Saturday night on Versus when at midnight, suddenly I was watching a Victoria Principal makeup infomerical.

I had to get on my computer to listen to the rest of the game.

I have the feeling someone at Time Warner Cable had a timer on, and it made the switch. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been corrected as of 12:24 a.m.

If anyone else has had this trouble, I would like to hear from you. Make a comment at the bottom of the page.

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April 20, 2008
1:18 p.m.

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Not only did I have the same experience, but TW frequently broadcasts local commercials on top of the network spots DURING the game! This wouldnt be a problem if they sruck to one 30 second spot. like the network. No they go and run 2-3 minutes worth. Ive complained to the NHL, MSG and other networks over the years, it gets fixed, sometimes. But it always seems to go back to the way it is now. Theres nothing like watching your team on TW cable score a goal while TW is running a vinyl siding commerical, thats excitement! And, we get to pay TW for this lovely experience as well. Im in the wrong racket.

April 20, 2008
9:10 p.m.

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This is one of the reasons this area doesn't have a larger hockey audience. The Rats were lucky to get the coverage from the TV media that they did. They usually say the score an once in a while they have an interview. And also if you are watching a game and it goes longer heaven forbid you forgot to extend the time on your dvr.

April 22, 2008
4:39 p.m.

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I had the exact same issue. In fact, this is the 2nd year that it has happened. TW Cable cut away from a couple of NHL playoff games last year, too.
They claim that the problem originates with Versus, but apparently no other cable TV provider in the US has this issue. So I'm betting that it's TWC's screwup.
By the way, if you call TWC and complain about the dropped game, they will give you a credit for one day of service on your next bill.

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