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According to the NY Post, City Council speaker Christine Quinn has sent letters to Time Warner Cable and MSG saying that if they can't come to an agreement within two weeks, public hearings will be held.

?If these discussions cannot produce a resolution within two weeks, the City Council will hold hearings and request that both parties explain themselves to the public . . . At a time when all New Yorkers are getting together behind Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks, now is the time to resolve this dispute once and for all.?
MSG has been off of Time Warner Cable since January 1.
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According to Upstate TV Station WGRZ, State Senator Mark Grisanti is hoping to make it so that companies like Time Warner Cable and MSG would go to arbitration if a deal between the two sides can't be reached.

Grisanti is proposing a change in the NYS Public Service law, which would not only require that cable companies "negotiate fairly" when it comes to carriage agreements, but perhaps more importantly, the amended law would require that -- when terms of a carriage agreement can't be reached, -- that the two sides be compelled to enter into arbitration of the matter.

This would at least force both sides to the table, something that can't currently be done.The article has a statement from MSG saying that there has been no progress in the talks.

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In the NY Post, Claire Atkinson writes that there are no updates on the Time Warner and MSG standoff and it could reportedly take until after the Knicks and Rangers season.

MSG has not been on Time Warner Cable since January 1.

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In the NY Times, Richard Sandomir looks at the issues that are stopping Time Warner Cable from carrying MSG and MSG plus.

The blackout is the result of a dispute that led to the disappearance of the MSG channels on Time Warner Cable, which has 1.7 million customers in the New York metropolitan area and upstate.
It's a bad situation and unless someone steps in to broker a deal, I fear it could go on for a while. I hear from people every game day that can't watch the game and it's ridiculous. Plenty of people have taken to the online streaming way of doing things but I suggest more people take advantage of Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney on the radio until this thing gets settled.
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In the Daily News, Bob Raissmnn writes about the issue between Time Warner Cable and MSG.

Raissman writes that part of the issue lies within MSG's deal with Cablevision:

When Dolan has his MSG programmer hat on he reads from a different script. Now it?s all about the great value MSG and MSG+ have in the marketplace and how TWC ?should pay what other top cable operators are paying.? Among those ?top operators? is Cablevision. So in that case Dolan can set the price for the MSG Networks and ?agree? Cablevision will pay it. This, no doubt, affects the average price of the MSG Networks among all cable systems.
That certainly has an impact on things. It has been a week and three Knicks games and two Rangers games have been missed so I think that we could be in this for the long haul. I had hoped that after the first Knicks game something would happen, but now it seems like a politician or someone with some power will need to step in. No one that I know has switched, do you know anyone who has?
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Via the New York Rangers:

MSG AND MSG PLUS TO BE DROPPED FROM TIME WARNER CABLE'S LINEUP FOLLOWING EXPIRATION OF AGREEMENT AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

Fans of the Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres Urged to Switch Carriers

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According to the NY Post, there have been no meaningful discussions lately between MSG and Time Warner Cable to prevent a new contract from being signed.

The deal expires at midnight tonight.

Time Warner said earlier this month that they would not remove MSG until after the Knicks and Rangers season ends.

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According to Multichannel, via KK, Time Warner Cable released a statement saying that they will not take MSG off of it's cable systems until the end of the Hockey and Basketball season:

"We will not remove MSG/MSG+ from our New York cable systems. That ball is in MSG's court," said Mike Angus, senior vice president, content acquisition for Time Warner Cable, in a statement. "Time Warner Cable and our customers have stood by MSG and its teams through thick and thin. Our customers have paid whether the teams won or lost; they deserve better."
The belief is that MSG is insisting that Time Warner Cable carry FUSE as a condition of the agreement.
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