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Two Fox Sports nets go dark

Two Fox Sports regional networks went dark Wednesday on Time Warner Cable systems
in Minnesota and Florida in a dispute over rates.

Sunshine Network lost 1.5 million Time Warner subscribers across central
Florida, while Fox Sports Net North went off the MSO's
150,000-subscriber Minneapolis-area system.

In each case, Time Warner contended, Fox Sports was seeking "extreme
increases" in its license fees, which had been $1 per subscriber monthly in
Florida and $1.50 in Minneapolis in year one.

The operator said subsequent years called for "double-digit"
percentage annual increases, but Fox Sports countered that the
later escalation wasn't that high.

Time Warner spokesman Mark Harrad said the company offered a 10 percent
immediate increase to keep the network on the air while the companies continued

The MSO also offered Fox Sports a channel to market on a pay or
pay-per-view basis -- something no ad-supported network wants.

A Fox Sports spokesman said the terms offered to Time Warner were
accepted recently by other operators in Florida and