Comcast Xfinity Could Lose MSG Networks This Week

In another potential blackout caused by carriage deal disputes, MSG Networks is warning Comcast Xfinity customers in New Jersey and Connecticut that they could lose access to New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and MLS’s New York Red Bulls content.

MSG and Comcast’s deal is set to expire on Thursday, September 30 at midnight.

MSG sent the following statement to Cord Cutters News:

“We’ve been working to reach an agreement that is fair, reasonable and consistent with other major providers, while Comcast is demanding terms they’d never accept for their own regional sports networks, including SNY in New York. Xfinity customers do not deserve to lose MSG Networks’ coverage of their local sports teams, which includes hundreds of live games for the upcoming NBA and NHL seasons. MSG Networks is ready to continue working in good faith, however, we encourage Comcast Xfinity subscribers who want to watch the Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Red Bulls to visit for more information, including alternative providers in their area.” 

Those who want to cut the cord and still have access to MSG channels can subscribe to DirecTV Stream or fuboTV.

This week’s other big carriage dispute also involves Comcast. Comcast’s NBCUniversal is tied up in a disagreement with YouTube TV likely caused by NBC looking for expanded distribution of its streaming service, Peacock.