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HTN Communications and MSG Networks Extend Backhaul Services Agreement

MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platform

HTN Communications LLC (HTN) today announced that MSG Networks, regional cable television networks serving the New York metropolitan area, has extended its contract with HTN. Under the terms of the contract, HTN will continue to provide A/V backhaul services for MSG's coverage of seven professional sports teams, with feeds managed and monitored from HTN's state-of-the-art New York City technical operations center, and for the network's simulcast of WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" show.

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MSG and MSG Plus serve as the home for the NBA® New York Knicks; the NHL® New York Rangers™, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, and Buffalo Sabres™ (upstate New York only); the WNBA New York Liberty; and the MLS™ New York Red Bulls™.

"We have always enjoyed a great relationship with HTN, as the company has supplied us with the high-quality network and services essential to first-rate delivery of our professional sports coverage," said Jerry Passaro, senior vice president of network operations and distribution at MSG Media. "Just as we've been a longtime leader in bringing popular sports and entertainment programming to viewers in the New York metropolitan area, HTN has long been a leader in enabling delivery of such programming."

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MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG venues. This business consists of programming networks and interactive offerings, including the MSG Networks (MSG Network, MSG Plus, MSG HD, and MSG Plus HD) and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD).

"MSG has been providing thrills for New York-area sports fans for more than 40 years," said Christian Kneuer, senior director of operations and client relations at HTN. "We're pleased to be contributing to the network's ongoing legacy by providing a robust fiber network and continuous monitoring and support by an expert technical staff."

About HTN Communications LLC

HTN Communications LLC, formerly Hughes Television Network, is the longest tenured sports television and radio transmission provider in North America. Packaging services for the broadcast, cable, and radio rights holder, the company offers seamless point-to-multipoint live HD transmission from every Major League Baseball (MLB®), National Basketball Association (NBA®), and National Hockey League (NHL®) sports venue to any site worldwide and provides services for a broad range of entertainment events and news media outlets. HTN's state-of-the-art fiber optic transmission facility in New York City enables rapid end-to-end provisioning for on-network locations, and its diversified bidirectional bandwidth capacity allows HTN to maximize efficiency and quality for any transmission. With unparalleled industry experience and a network tailored to the sports market, HTN Communications provides its clients with flexibility and reliability on which they can depend.

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