Jim Dolan's Cablevision reached an agreement over the summer to carry the NFL Network, leaving Time Warner Cable as the only remaining major cable provider still at odds with the network. TWC folks who'd been displeased since the network started carrying games in 2006 remained thoroughly displeased (check the lone comment on the post linked above). NFLN boosting its share of regular-season games from eight up to thirteen for this season meant that, unless the local teams were in action, TWC subscribers would be left sitting in the dark, contemplating the sorrow of life on earth and/or watching Louie on Thursday nights.
Good news: At last, Time Warner (which, recall, locked viewers out of MSG for a big chunk of last basketball/hockey season) has reached an agreement with the network. Nothing's official yet, and nobody's sure exactly when the channel will appear, but there is a deal. The 12 million folks with Time Warner — very many of whom live in our area — will have the NFL Network and, with certain packages, access to that NFL Red Zone madness beginning sometime soon. Thursday football is headed our way. Took 'em long enough.