Verizon announced today that it expects to provide MSG Network channels in high definition by mid-December.
The Federal Communications Commission ruled in September that MSG could not withhold HD feeds of its programming from Verizon and AT&T. MSG sports programs include Buffalo Sabres games, which have been available to Verizon FiOS viewers only in standard definition.
A federal court last week upheld the FCC ruling, which compels MSG to negotiate with Verizon regarding HD feeds. A statement from Verizon today says the HD programming is expected to be available by mid-December.
Sabres viewers who get their TV via the Dish Network are still in the dark when it comes to watching their team. Dish last year dropped MSG from its lineup, in a dispute over rights fees. All indications are that it won’t be coming back to Dish anytime soon.