Time Warner, MSG network resolve retransmission dispute

Time Warner and the MSG network — the regional cable network that produces broadcasts of the New York Knicks, Rangers and New York Liberty — have ended a 48-day disagreement that prevented many cable customers from seeing games.

Time Warner Cable spokesman Alexander Dudley confirmed the deal and said that the Knicks and Sabres games will broadcast tonight. He said no details of the deal will be disclosed.

Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped in this week, the New York Times reported, accelerating the dispute’s resolution. The recent rise of Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has put additional pressure on the companies to come to an agreement over the fees that Time Warner would have to pay to continue carrying content from MSG.

Cuomo and officials from both companies will announce the deal in a press conference Friday, the report said.

This is not the first time that politicians have stepped in to resolve retransmission disputes. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) sent letters to Sunbeam and DirectTV last month urging them to resolve similar issues that prevented Boston-area fans from seeing Patriots games ahead of the Super Bowl.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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