MSG To Air February Sabres Game on NBC Affiliates to Get Around Time Warner Dispute

From Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News:

In the latest shot in its license fee battle with Time Warner Cable, MSG Networks and the Buffalo Sabres will make the National Hockey League team’s Feb. 11 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning available on local stations in the club’s home market and Rochester, N.Y.

MSG’s coverage of the Feb. 11 Sabres-Lightning game will be simulcast on NBC affiliates WRGZ-TV, channel 2 in Buffalo and WHEC-TV, channel 10 in Rochester. The RSN and the stations are airing the games through an ad-sharing arrangement, according to an official at MSG. The stations are owned by Gannett Co. and Hubbard Broadcasting, respectively.

The move comes as MSG and sister service MSG + Plus remain dark on Time Warner Cable systems in New York state, where the nation’s No. 2 cable operator counts some 2.3 million subscribers. The RSNs pulled their signals on Jan. 1, when the parties’ contract expired and they could not reach a license-fee renewal.

 

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