Fox Sports Digi-Nets Pulled in NYC8/10/2004 10:42 AM Eastern
Fox Sports Net’s three out-of-market digital networks have been pulled from Time Warner Cable’s New York-area systems -- another casualty of the dispute that has kept Madison Square Garden Network and Fox Sports New York off the MSO’s local lineup.
The trio of digi-nets -- to be relaunched next month as Fox College Sports networks (www.multichannel.com/article/CA444229?display=Breaking+News&referral=SUPP) -- came off Time Warner Cable’s digital-sports tier Aug. 1, the same day MSGN and FSNY were removed from the MSO’s systems over a contract dispute with the networks’ owner, Cablevision Systems Corp.
A Time Warner spokesman said the operator was forced to remove the channels -- which offer programming from the various FSN regional networks around the country -- due to language in its agreement with FSN that forbids systems to carry the channels if they do not carry the local FSN network.
Time Warner applied for a waiver to keep the digi-nets on, but FSN rejected it, the spokesman said.
Time Warner is providing a $1.95 monthly rebate off the sports tier's $3.95 rate to compensate for the loss of the digi-nets, the cable company disclosed in a crawl on the channels.
Also on the tier: The Tennis Channel, NBA TV and Fuel, the Fox Cable Networks extreme-sports service.
Time Warner is paying local customers a $2 rebate for the loss of MSGN and FSNY.