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MSG Network, Time Warner Cable Reach Deal After 2-Month Impasse

Finally, You Get Your Linsanity, Plus First-Place Rangers, And More

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) — After a two month impasse, MSG Network and Time Warner Cable have finally reached an agreement.

Throughout the dispute, Time Warner customers voiced their unhappiness and urged the two sides to come to a settlement. Time Warner customers can now watch the Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Red Bulls and Sabres.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo just confirmed the agreement with a statement he released Friday afternoon:

“I applaud both Mr. Dolan and Mr. Britt and their companies. I thank them for being responsive to the needs of New Yorkers.”

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also released the following statement:

“Our office has worked diligently with Time Warner Cable and MSG Networks over the last month to bring about a resolution to their dispute. We are pleased that both parties have reached an agreement that will finally allow Knicks, Rangers, and Sabres fans to enjoy the rest of this season’s games.”

Civil Rights lawyer Norman Siegel had weighed in on the cable TV dispute that had blacked out the New York Knicks and four NHL teams for 2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers.

MSG carries Knicks games as well as the NHL’s Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Sabres as well as WFAN’s popular Boomer and Carton morning show. A dispute over fees had prevented Time Warner subscribers from watching MSG since Jan. 1 but now they’ll be able to watch all their favorite teams and MSG content.

Siegel wrote to executives at Time Warner and MSG on Friday demanding that they resolve their impasse. He called it “wrong and unfair” that fans like him couldn’t watch the Knicks and their breakout star Jeremy Lin.

Lin’s sudden popularity appears to have played a large role in getting the two sides to come to an agreement. First, he lifted the Knicks back into the playoff hunt. Now Jeremy Lin has put the Knicks back on TV. MSG saw an increase of 87% in viewership even before they came to a settlement with Time Warner Cable.

Knicks fans are crediting the excitement generated by Lin and the Knicks’ 7-game win streak as reason why the dispute was finally resolved. Is there anything Lin can’t do?

Time Warner customers, how pleased are you to finally have MSG and your favorite teams back on your TV set? Share your thoughts below…

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  • Ruth Grunberg

    All these politicians taking the credit should have demanded refunds for TW customers. The money they were collecting for a channel not on the air became their new profit center. This is consumer fraud, as I see it, and should not be allowed. Why do cable companies get to charge us for services we do not get? They are still arrogant monopolies and I am angry at the pols thanking the execs of two companies who acted like 2 year olds.

    • Tommy

      Well said Ruth, the Dolans and Mr. Britt are slime and they should not be praised.

  • moshe

    i’ll be very honest i’m actually upset time warner cable gave in. i actually think msg could have been sued for taking business away from time warner.

  • Dan Rakow

    This is Fantastic News for Knicks Fans throughout New York State so they can NOW be able to watch Jeremy Lin.

  • Jan

    The writer left out the fact that less than 48 hrs before the deal was made MSG came to Chinatown to drive the point home about Lin fans in Chinatown not being able to see their favorite player. The Chinese community came out to see the public viewing event, met with MSG officials. And now 48 hrs later Politicians are saying it was THEY who are responsible for changing the tide?? MSG did commit to working with the Chinatown community, long term, let’s hope they keep their promise now that the deal has been made with Chinatown’s (Chinese faces) helping.

  • Donald

    Now for the question that neither side will tell you. HOW MUCH PER SUBSCRIBER!

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