Verizon FiOS television customers who want their HD for Buffalo Sabres games will have to stay tuned.
The Federal Communications Commission ruled on Sept. 22 that Madison Square Garden Networks and Cablevision had 30 days to work out a carriage agreement with Verizon and AT&T for high-definition feeds of MSG programming, which includes Sabres games. MSG and Cablevision appealed the decision, saying it would cause them "irreparable harm" to work out a deal in that time frame.
According to a report in Multichannel News, the FCC's Media Bureau agreed to delay part of its order. Both sides were told they must reach a carriage agreement by Oct. 22, but transmissions of the high-def feeds would not have to begin until at least Nov. 14.
Neither MSG nor Verizon will comment on whether they reached a carriage agreement by the Oct. 22 deadline. In any case, mid-November is the earliest that Sabres games would get the HD treatment on Verizon FiOS.
MSG also carries New York Rangers and Knicks games, among other sports programming.
-- Greg Connors