Switch from Time Warner Cable to Spectrum costing some bar owners

Say they're paying as much as double for cable

Oswego, NY (WSYR-TV) - Time Warner Cable has officially made the switch to Spectrum. As customers adapt to the changes, some business owners say they're not happy with the bottom line.

At Greene's Ale House in Oswego, plenty of beer is on tap, but they say they're missing some channels.

"We lost hundreds of channels," said Sean Ohnmacht, owner.

Ohnmacht says his bar now has to choose one of Spectrum's "bar and restaurant" business packages, that only offers 50 channels that are approved by Spectrum for public viewing.  But, for a sports bar, that leaves out some important channels.

"The Big Ten Network was a big one I noticed was missing when Spectrum took over for Time Warner. Some of those networks I have to have specifically the football one because people won't come here if they can't watch the game they want to watch," said Ohnmacht.

He also says while the channel count falls, the price rises to almost double. He says he will pay nearly $100 a month for cable, just to make sure his bar get the extra channels his customers want.

A Spectrum spokesman insists, "the vast majority of our bar/restaurant TV customers still have the same packages with the same programming that they had with TWC."

Greene's agrees; the owner says he has the same programming, same beer, at a different cost.

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