Time Warner Cable and Comcast reach agreement

Saturday, April 04
Berkshire County fans of the Boston Celtics can breathe a sigh of relief this morning. Your games aren't going anywhere.

Time Warner Cable and Comcast, the parent firm of Comcast SportsNet New England, have reached an agreement to keep the channel on Time Warner's cable systems in Massachusetts.

"We have worked out an amenable result with Comcast, and expect to continue to carry Comcast SportsNet New England without interruption," Peter Taubkin, Time Warner's vice president of government relations and public affairs in Albany, N.Y., said Thursday night.

No terms of the agreement were revealed, and all Taubkin said was the station would remain on Time Warner's cable system.

Taubkin's statement was the same as one found on the Time Warner New England cable site. The agreement not only impacts Berkshire County, but also allows CSN to remain on Time Warner's systems in Bangor, Auburn, Brunswick, Portland, Conway, Presque Isle, Sebago and York, Maine.

Comcast SportsNet and Time Warner have been in negotiations since the most recent contract expired at the end of 2008. Comcast and several cable systems have, however, agreed on new deals.

Five more games remain on the Celtics' regular-season schedule. Three will now be exclusively on CSN, while the April 12 game against Cleveland is on ABC, and the game on April 14 will also be seen on TNT.

Comcast will carry first-round playoff games, along with whatever games might be picked up by TNT, ABC or ESPN.


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