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Clock Expires on Time Warner, NFL Network

9/18/2006 4:16 AM Eastern

Time Warner Cable dropped NFL Network from several of its recently acquired Adelphia Communications and Comcast systems at midnight Saturday.

More than 1 million former Adelphia and Comcast subscribers who received the channel under pacts the two operators previously inked with the National Football League lost the feed.

Time Warner hasn’t reached a carriage deal with league-owned channel, which will distribute eight regular-season NFL contests on Thursday and Saturday nights beginning on Thanksgiving.

Neither Time Warner nor NFL Network would comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, NFL Network and Comcast continued to talk about extending their current carriage deal. Comcast currently carries the service, but neither side would confirm reports that the MSO has the rights to distribute the NFL games -- a package valued at some $400 million -- through the life of the network’s six-year deal.

Sources said Comcast may carry NFL Network as part of a newly created sports and information tier it is considering launching as early as January.

 

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