NFL Net Back on Time Warner

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Washington— In response to a Federal Communications Commission order, Time Warner Cable early Friday restored NFL Network to about 1 million former Comcast Corp. and Adelphia Communications Corp. subscribers who lost the channel earlier in the week, when they became Time Warner customers.

“The channel appears in the same position and tier as it did before it was removed three days earlier,” Time Warner Cable senior vice president of corporate communications Mark Harrad said in a statement.

On Thursday, the FCC ordered reinstatement of NFL Network, finding that Time Warner appeared to violate the rule that subscribers must get 30 days notice about a channel deletion under normal circumstances. The National Football League also filed a complaint with the agency that also discussed its difficult carriage talks with Time Warner.

“Because we still do not have a contract with the NFL Network, we have also begun the official 30 day-notification period with an on-screen crawl that began running last night at midnight alerting our customers that the network may be withdrawn again should we not be able to conclude an agreement with the NFL Network,” Harrad said.

The FCC order was handed down by Media Bureau chief Donna Gregg.

“Time Warner Cable believes that the Media Bureau’s order is wrong as a matter of law. Accordingly, last night we filed papers with the FCC appealing the order to the full Commission,” Harrad said.

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