Comcast to remove MSG Networks from its Xfinity line
Weeks into the NBA and NHL seasons, MSG Networks announced that Comcast has removed MSG Networks, which broadcasts the bulk of Knicks, Rangers, Devils and Islanders games, from its channel lineup. Xfinity.
The move will primarily affect viewers in New Jersey and Connecticut and comes after negotiations fail.
As fans eagerly await the start of the NBA and NHL seasons, Comcast has ditched MSG Networks in an attempt to force us to agree to terms they would never agree to for their own regional sports networks, including including SNY in New York, “MSG wrote in a statement. “They rejected proposals that are consistent with their current agreement and the agreements we have with other major providers, as well as our offer to keep our programming on the air under existing terms so that we can continue to work on a deal. longer term. And even though they’ve cut hundreds of live Knicks, Devils, Rangers and Islanders games, they still charge Xfinity customers the same monthly rate – in addition to regional sports fees as they do. they rose 22% in January to over $ 10 a month. Comcast’s refusal to negotiate is deeply disappointing. “
MSG Networks is expected to broadcast 70 of the Knicks’ 82 games this season.
“Comcast’s agreements with programmers expire from time to time,” Comcast wrote. in a FAQ on its website announcing the drop in transport. “We had negotiated with MSG Networks to come to a fair deal that made sense to our customers before the current one expired, allowing us to continue to offer MSG and MSG + on our range of channels, but we did not could come to an agreement. “
Comcast said on the site that it would reduce fees for affected customers, noting, “As we have not been able to enter into a new agreement with MSG, we will reduce RSN fees in applicable areas.”