Twins blacked out for some TV viewers

  • Updated: April 7, 2011 - 12:23 AM

Dish Network is among four providers not carrying all of the games covered by FSN.

Dish Network subscribers are one step closer to seeing the Twins play the Yankees Thursday afternoon. Dish is among four cable and satellite providers who have only agreed to televise 105 of the 150 games slated for Fox Sports North. But FSN's general manager, Mike Dimond, said Wednesday afternoon that talks have become "positive" with Dish.

About 37 percent of homes in the region have been affected. If Dish and FSN strike a deal to air all 150 games, that number drops to about 21 percent, Dimond said.

The other providers -- Charter Communications, Mediacom and Cable One -- are most prominent in Fargo, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Excelsior and parts of Iowa.

FSN increased the number of games it carried after reaching an agreement with the Twins to become the team's exclusive home.

Twins President Dave St. Peter said the team is taking the situation seriously. "Accessibility of the product is essential for our brand," he said. "It is our belief that any hiccups will be resolved in the future."

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