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by Paul on 12/19/11 at 12:21 AM ET
from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,
In the carriage renewal fight between Time Warner Cable and MSG, the MSO Sunday put the negotiating ball in the programmer’s court.
Time Warner Cable pledged that it would not take MSG and its sister regional sports network, MSG + off its air through the balance of the NBA and NHL seasons, offering to pay a 6.5% increase in monthly subscriber license fees.
The parties’ have evidently been negotiating for two years and their contract expires on Dec. 31. On Friday, Time Warner Cable dropped music network Fuse.
“We will not remove MSG/MSG+ from our New York cable systems. That ball is in MSG’s court,” said Mike Angus, senior vice president, content acquisition for Time Warner Cable, in a statement. “Time Warner Cable and our customers have stood by MSG and its teams through thick and thin. Our customers have paid whether the teams won or lost; they deserve better.”
MSG returned fire Sunday night with this response: “Time Warner Cable is blatantly mischaracterizing our negotiations and the figures as a smokescreen for the fact that they are not willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for our programming.”
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