Spectrum Sports, the most recent descendant of Time Warner Cable’s original sports network in Rochester, no longer exists.
Viewers who turn to channel 26 and/or 323 are greeted by a screen with the message: “The service has ceased operation in your area and is no longer available.”
Programming on Spectrum Sports in the Albany area ended in June. Rochester’s all-sports channel continued to provide programming through September due to obligations with the Rochester Red Wings and New York Mets.
The final Mets telecast on the network was Saturday. The channel went dark on Sunday.
That means Rochester Institute of Technology men’s hockey and the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League are searching for new television homes, and the Rochester Red Wings soon will be forced to do so, should they decide to maintain a TV presence.
Spectrum continues to televise live high school football games on Friday nights on the cable company’s 24-hour news channel, Spectrum News (channel 9). There is a news and weather update at halftime, and the usual all-news format resumes following the game.
Local collegiate and professional teams that have televised games with the cable network in past years must look elsewhere, however.
The hockey season for RIT begins on Oct. 14 against Northeastern University. That’s the annual Brick City Homecoming game played at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial. In previous years, all home games were televised on the Spectrum/Time Warner sports channel.
The Red Wings televised 25 baseball games from Frontier Field on Spectrum Sports this past season. General manager Dan Mason said on Tuesday that the team hasn’t made a decision on whether they’ll seek a new TV home.
“We would like to, but it has to be the right situation, and cost has a lot to do with it,” Mason said. “Our outlook on TV is that it should generate revenue and it should basically be a three-hour commercial for Red Wings baseball and the fan experience.”
The Knighthawks are close to finalizing TV plans for the upcoming season, which begins Dec. 9.
Rochester Americans hockey telecasts moved to MSG Network last season.