The National Football League says Time Warner Cable subscribers are about to lose its in-house network and ad-hoc scoring channel on the systems formerly ownedy by insight Communications.
The carriage contract for NFL Network and NFL RedZone and Insight, which was purchased by Time Warner Cable for $3 billion in February, expires on July 31. The nation's No. 2 cable operator has never reached a distribution deal for the NFL properties. Insight had carried NFL Network since 2005 and NFL Red Zone since 2005.
The pro football league said there are no current negotiations with Time Warner Cable.
"We are not asking for new terms. We would extend the agreement as is for the next five years, the same terms that Insight has been happy with for years and would insure that Insight customers would have the NFL Network and NFL RedZone for years to come," said an NFL Network spokesman.
The league points out that the Thursday Night Football schedule has been expanded to a 13-game slate, kicking off during the second week of the 2012 campaign, and NFL Network is launching a new four-hour morning show on July 30.
"We have had discussions. There is no agreement yet," said a Time Warner Cable spokeswoman, who called the extant Insight price as "still too high. We don't believe it represents a good value for our customers."
An Aug. 1 disconnect would mark the second time a Time Warner Cable acquisition has intercepted NFL Network's subscriber roster. Time Warner Cable in September 2006 dropped the network from systems serving 1 million customers it acquired from Adelphia Communications and swapped with Comcast as part of the two largest MSOs' purchase of the bankrupt operator.
NFL Network begins its expansive preseason game coverage with the NFL Hall of Fame Game on between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints on Aug. 5. During the 13th week of the season, NFL Network will televise the Cincinnati Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles matchup within Insight's home market territories of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. By rule, the NFL also makes home market games available over a local broadcast market in the home team's DMA.