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Reprieve for MSG on Time Warner

11/22/2004 7:52 AM Eastern

Madison Square Garden Network and FSN New York will stay on Time Warner Cable at least until Jan. 20, with an interim deal pushing back a Nov. 23 deadline.

Time Warner and MSG Networks parent Cablevision Systems Corp. late Monday reached their second interim carriage agreement in three months, this time keeping the two regional channels on at least another two months.

The latest deal -- which also includes carriage of Cablevision’s MetroChannels -- came against a backdrop of Cablevision’s threat to remove MSGN and FSNY from Time Warner’s 2.3 million subscribers by Nov. 23 had a deal not been reached.

New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer again assisted the parties in reaching the temporary agreement, as he did in August, when Cablevision pulled MSGN and FSNY from Time Warner systems for nearly 10 days over the contract dispute.

In a joint statement, the companies said they “hope to reach a long-term agreement during this extended negotiating time frame,” but they would have no further comment.

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