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RCN’s agreement to carry MASN and MASN2 expires on June 30, 2019.

Here are the basic facts:

  • Despite decreasing viewership MASN is demanding forced carriage to those who chose not to subscribe to its programming. This leads to unfair increases to all customers not just those who watch and subscribe to MASN.
  • Many teams, leagues and conferences own their own networks – like MASN – and charge TV distributors like us separate, additional fees. To maximize their profits, these sports networks demand TV distributors like us to include them on basic lineups. This forces you to pay for sports programming you do not want or watch.
  • Many customers have opted not to purchase full Signature TV with its 300+ channels including MASN. Programmers like MASN continue to offer restrictive carriage terms that drive TV costs higher for everyone – whether you watch it or not. That means everyone ultimately ends up paying for MASN whether or not customer subscribe to or watch MASN.
  • With more options than ever to watch and stream live sports – MLB.TV, ESPN, FS1, FOX and others – It is unfair to force ALL of our customers to pay huge prices for networks and programming they don’t want or watch when only a few are watching – which is what MASN is requiring us to do through the terms of their carriage contract.
  • MASN is proposing unfavorable terms that will eventually lead to an increase in ALL customers’ bills, not just the ones who watch the channel. And MASN2 is primarily used for a handful of overflow games when two regional sports teams are playing on the same day at the same time (Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles). We simply are unable to agree to the terms demanded by MASN
  • It is for these reasons that we will no longer carry MASN channel 372/687 (SD/HD) and MASN2 373/688 (SD/HD), effective July 1st

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is MASN?
MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) is a regional sports network carrying two Major League Baseball franchises, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals
Are all MASN channels, (Linear and HD) programming affected also?
Yes, all programming associated with MASN will be impacted.
Why is MASN no longer available on RCN?
  • MASN proposed unfavorable terms that will eventually lead to an increase in ALL customers’ bills, not just those who watch the channel.
  • We’re on your side. We believe that every TV viewer should have a choice: fans should have access to the games they want.
  • Due to MASN’s demands for carriage coupled with its declining viewership, RCN will no longer be able to carry Mid-Atlantic Sports Network’s (MASN), MASN (382 SD/687 HD) and MASN2 (373 SD/688 HD) programming on RCN’s channel lineup effective July 1, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Which RCN markets are effected and will no longer carry MASN?
The Washington DC market will be impacted.
Does this happen to other cable companies?
Yes. These kinds of increases and negotiating tactics also happen to other providers such as Verizon FiOS, Spectrum, Dish and others.
Why doesn’t RCN just pay what TV stations and networks what they ask for so that I can continue to get my shows?
It is more than just increasing fees, MASN is forcing customers to have the channel even if they chose not to subscribe to, effectively raising rates for all customers.
How can I watch Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals?
Certain Washington Nationals away games are available via other networks. Visit http://nationals.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/broadcasts/national.jsp?c_id=was for listings. There are no scheduled broadcasts of the Baltimore Orioles at this time. Visit http://orioles.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/broadcasts/national.jsp?c_id=bal for updates. MLB.TV will allow you to watch Orioles or Nationals games that are away games. However, at this time of the season, away games are limited and home games are subject to blackout restrictions. Please check listings at MLB.TV for game schedules.

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