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Judge Ends Univision Blackout On Charter

A New York Superior Court judge yesterday granted Charter’s request for a temporary restraining order in its dispute with Univision, which permitted the cable operator to resume carriage of Univision and Univision-owned cable networks such as El Rey, Galavision, UniMas and the Univision Desportes Network.

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Univision, which targets the Hispanic community with a mix of sports, news and entertainment programming, pulled their signals from Charter early Wednesday morning when the two companies reached an impasse over carriage fees.

The broadcaster last summer sued Charter, claiming the cable operator is seeking to pay lower rates previously negotiated by Time Warner Cable, which Charter purchased last year.  Univision wants Charter to pay a higher rate that Charter negotiated for its subscribers prior to the Time Warner deal.

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Charter argued in its request for the temporary restraining order that it still had a valid contract to carry Univision and therefore should be able to carry its channels.

The Los Angeles Times writes that the judge, Saliann Scarpulla, granted the cable operator a seven-day TRO, but it’s unclear if the judge in the Univision lawsuit will intervene to force Charter to remove the channels again. However, as of this morning, the channels are back on Charter systems throughout the country.

— Phillip Swann.

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