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Published April 5, 2012
ON-GOING NEGOTIATIONS: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said that the talks between the Nationals and Orioles Owner Peter Angelos "over the Nationals' share of the revenue produced by MASN remain ongoing." Selig on Monday said, “Nothing’s been determined by that discussion. I do understand the importance of television. It’s under very serious discussion.” He added MLB has involved itself in the discussions “at the appropriate committee level.” In DC, Adam Kilgore noted the Nationals are “trying to increase their cut of the revenues produced by MASN, the regional sports network they own roughly 13 percent of compared to Angelos’s 87 percent share” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/4).
COVERING N.Y.: CABLEFAX DAILY reports Verizon FiOS is giving N.Y. area subscribers “access to Yankees and Mets games in HD via VOD,” as well as “other popular YES and SNY programming.” Verizon said that it is the “only provider in the NY metro area to offer the content in HD on VOD.” The first HD games available will be the Mets opener against the Braves today and the Yankees-Rays game tomorrow (CABLEFAX DAILY, 4/5).
CONTRACT RENEWAL: BROADCASTING & CABLE’s George Winslow reported MLB Network has renewed its contract with HTN Communications for HTN “to provide fiber backhaul services for the network's Ballpark Cam system.” HTN has served as the “fiber transmission provider for Ballpark Cam since MLB Network's inception in 2009.” The new contract “will extend the partnership for another three seasons.” In addition to “providing live HD transmissions for every MLB game, HTN installed and manages the full-time private fiber network for the Ballpark Cam system” (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 4/3).