MSG, MSG Plus Must Be in HD on Verizon Within Two Weeks, Cablevision Appeal Dropped

The best news of the day via Multichannel:

The FCC has denied a request by Madison Square Garden and Cablevision to review a Media Bureau decision that it must make high-definition feeds of its MSG and MSG-Plus regional sports nets available to AT&T and Southern New England Telephone Company in Connecticut, and Verizon in the New York and Buffalo markets.

The commission affirmed that original order and refused a request to stay its effective date, though it found that “in order to provide sufficient time for compliance,” it would give them 15 days from the Nov. 10 order release date to provide the programming.

That came a day after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied Cablevision/MSG’s request that the court stay the FCC decisions.

Among other content, MSG and MSG Plus televise New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils National Hockey League games and the New York Knicks National Basketball Association games, should the pro hoops league end its lockout of its players.

The Media Bureau had initially said the feeds had to be provided by Nov. 14, while a deal had to be struck on reasonable terms and conditions by Oct. 22. They now have until Nov. 25 to make the feeds available.

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2 Responses to MSG, MSG Plus Must Be in HD on Verizon Within Two Weeks, Cablevision Appeal Dropped

  1. Sean says:

    NHL Network Selects Comcast Media Center
    Will use their facilities for network origination and transmission services

    By George Winslow — Broadcasting & Cable, 11/10/2011 11:37:45 AM

    Denver-based Comcast Media Center (CMC) is now providing channel origination and transmission services for the 24-hour NHL Network.

    NHL Network’s new facility at the CMC is being used for the network’s HD and SD (standard definition) broadcasts, including multiple live events. Besides being designed to deliver the highest-quality video, the new control room also features advanced graphics and live ticker capabilities.

    “Through its affiliation with national and regional sports television networks, CMC already plays a major role in coordinating the delivery of NHL games from their local venues to TV homes across the US and Canada,” said Peter Del Giacco, NHL chief technology officer, in a statement. “CMC shares our commitment to a quality viewing experience and we are confident they will provide an excellent television experience to our viewers.”

    “We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our relationship with the NHL to include origination and transmission services for its flagship TV network,” added Richard Buchanan, VP and GM, content services for CMC, in a statement.

    The CMC currently originates more than 20,000 HD, SD, and 3D live and recorded events a year for its industry customers.

  2. dyhrdmet says:

    I bet there will be a spike in customers currently served by Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner, and maybe even satellite (any others) switching to either Verizon or AT&T (depending on which is available) once these feeds are actually available. It’s not just a Cablevision-helping-Cablevision thing. Customers of other cable companies put their HD sports over the other benefits of Verizon/AT&T.

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