The Giants-Jets game won't be seen in Cheshire, Meriden or Southington because WFSB has chosen to show the Patriots game Sunday at the same time and Cox Cable doesn't carry WCBS-2. A Cox spokeswoman told me "We're completely at the mercy of WFSB." But years ago Cox carried most of the New York affiliates. It since has dropped them, presumably to save money. So the point is not that WFSB in Hartford thinks the Patriots are more interesting (I would disagree but I understand they had to make a choice), but that Cox has thrown out most of the NY channels. It's the same situation in Comcast Clinton. Other Southern Connecticut systems still carry WCBS, for just this type of reason.
One thing Cox did do recently, quietly, is add CNN HD and TBS HD, in time for the baseball playoffs on TBS. Cox needs to do these things because it fears competition from AT&T's U-verse, which is in the area now (and recently suffered an attack by Dick Blumenthal because it offers to the service mostly in affluent areas). People with HD sets will go wherever the most HD channels are offered for a decent price.
Updated response to comment: I think Connecticut is still more Giants country than Patriots. Far more Giants fans reside below I-84, of course, but large numbers of Patriots fans have only become a factor since they got Belichick, a former Giants coach. Oh, and I might add, the Patriots thought so much of Hartford they used them as a patsy to get a new stadium built. (Premature Haaatfid Courant headline: Touchdown!)
The problem is that if you were raised in New Haven or Fairfield County, you look to New York for sports and culture and news, not Hartford or Boston. We are closer to New York than Boston, too.