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Nov 25, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Los Angeles-Twentieth Television has renewed its two top first-run strips, court shows “Divorce Court” and “Texas Justice.” The two series have now cleared 55 percent and 45 percent of the country, respectively for the 2003-2004 season. The strips have been renewed on stations representing the Fox, Meredith, Cox, Viacom, Capitol and Blade Communications groups. “Divorce Court” finished its rookie outing as the top-rated freshman strip of the 1999-2000 season, and “Texas Justice” was the top freshman of 2001-2002.
`Link’ to Game Show Net
Los Angeles-“The Weakest Link” and “Love Connection” are joining the Game Show Network’s lineup in January. GSN’s acquisition of the one-hour network version of “Link” includes 10 never-before-seen episodes.
Cable hike in N.Y.
New York-Cablevision Systems, the huge New York-area multiple system operator with approximately 3 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, has unwrapped 2003 price increases that will average 5.26 percent for its customers in the tri-state area, according to a company statement.
Holiday-season price increases are a tradition at some MSOs, and last year at this time Cablevision raised its prices by an average of 5.5 percent.
Cablevision attributed the need to raise prices to higher programming costs, increased investments in customer service and network improvements to enhance reliability. Prices for digital service will remain the same, according to the MSO.