— Multichannel.com reports that cable provider Time-Warner Cable is dropping HDNet. As of May 31st, Time Warner’s 8.7 million digital cable subscribers will no longer have access to Mark Cuban’s channel, which featured extensive Mixed Martial Arts programming as well as Ring of Honor’s weekly television series. Time Warner’s director of corporate public relations said, “There’s a limited appeal for the programming. In a world with more than 100 HD channels, being in HD is not enough. We are adding other channels in HD to give our customers more choice.”
Mark Cuban sent an e-mail to Multichannel News explaining that the two sides are still negotiating, however he addressed Time Warner’s comments that HDNet’s programming lacks appeal. “There are millions of viewers who enjoy our unique and exclusive programming,” Cuban wrote, adding that “we are not a cookie-cutter network like those from the big media conglomerates” and claiming that HDNet’s viewers “do business with providers specifically to get our programming.”
— June 3rd is a big day for the future of Mixed Martial Arts in New York State. On that date, the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports will vote on bill 2009-B, which seeks to sanction and regulate live MMA events. Bill 2009-B needs 11 votes (out of 21 committee members) to pass out of committee. From there, it goes to the Codes Committee, followed by the Ways and Means Committee. If the bill passes votes in each committee, it then heads to the Assembly floor for a general vote.
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