urx unit loader Sugar Bowl Saved    Fox, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Agree in Principle
As explained in the previous post, updated late into last night, News Corp., the parent company of Fox Broadcasting Company and a family of cable stations, has been involved in a price dispute with Time Warner Cable, which threatened to result in certain Fox Broadcasting affiliates and some cable networks pulled from TWC.

Negotiations continued through New Year’s Eve and throughout the day today, with a series of extensions that kept the TV press and many Time Warner Cable customers in suspense.

Today, Fox Networks Group announced an agreement with Bright House Networks, which is operated by Time Warner Cable, just in time to ensure that Bright House’s Florida customers would see the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which aired tonight on Fox.

They have further reached in agreement in principle with Time Warner Cable, which will allow Fox stations to remain on the cable system. Click here and here and here for reports.

Here’s the press release that specifically addresses Bright House:

Agreement Provides Continued
Uninterrupted Access
 to Programming

Allstate Sugar Bowl to Air Tonight on
FOX and Bright House Networks
at 8:30 pm


The Fox Networks Group and Bright House Networks announced today
that they have agreed in principle to a comprehensive distribution agreement to
provide Bright House’s more than 2.4 million customers with programming from Fox
Television Stations, Fox Broadcasting (FOX), Fox Cable Networks and Fox’s
regional sports networks.  Of particular interest to Bright House’s Florida
customers is confirmation that tonight’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will air at 8:30 pm
ET on FOX.

“We’re pleased that, after months of negotiations,
we were able to reach a fair agreement with Bright House Networks — one that
recognizes the value of our programming,” said Chase Carey, Deputy Chairman,
President and COO, News Corporation.

“We’re pleased that an agreement has been reached with no
disruption in programming for our customers,” said Steve Miron, Chief Executive
Officer, Bright House Networks.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.