Time Warner Cable was quick to react to MSG yesterday after the NY sports net said both it and Fox Sports NY would drop off the MSO’s lineup if a carriage agreement wasn’t hammered out before Sun (Cfax,7/29). Cablevision [CVC], which owns the 2 nets, is reportedly asking for a 38% percent increase in its carriage fees. Besides the steep price increase, Time Warner said other factors made a timely resolution unlikely. Cablevision has tied the Metro channel in with MSG and Fox Sports, a property Time Warner doesn’t find at all attractive. At this stage of the game, all that Mets fans can hope for is for Cablevision to agree to another extension, a TWC spokesman said, adding that about one-third of all remaining Mets games will be carried by WPIX or the local Fox affiliate. While many Amazins fans are understandably shaken by word that their local 9 will be harder to catch throughout the remainder of the season-ff predictably, there’s lots of talk about switching to DBS on a number of Mets-centric online message boards-1 long- suffering booster summed up the situation with an air of resigned indifference: "They’ll be doing us a favor when they pull the plug on MSG. Season’s over. The Mets stink." — Time Warner is running crawls on The Weather Channel and TV Guide Channel (ch 51) advising subs of the situation.

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