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Story Published: Nov 21, 2006 at 3:12 PM PST

By Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) - On Thanksgiving, the NFL will air the first of eight live pro football games on its own network. But it won't be available to many viewers across the country because the league hasn't reached carriage agreements with several major cable operators.

The eight games - beginning with Thursday's matchup of the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs - will be available on local broadcasters, satellite TV and a number of other cable systems that do carry the NFL Network. But that totals only about 40 million of the nation's 111.4 million households with TVs.

Most notable among the cable companies that haven't reached deals with the National Football League are No. 2 operator Time Warner Cable, which is a unit of the media conglomerate Time Warner Inc.; Cablevision Systems Corp., a New York-area provider; and Charter Communications Inc. Time Warner, for its part, says it's highly unlikely a deal will be reached in time for the first game...

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...The issue is cost...

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( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.kimatv.com/news/entertainment/4713191.html )
 
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