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On December 31, 2009, Scripps Networks Interactive removed the Food Network and HGTV from New York City-area cable provider Cablevision, on the day that its carriage contract was set to expire.
After months of negotiations, an agreement between Scripps and Cablevision was not reached, prompting the removal of the two channels.
Originally, the HD channel did not simulcast the standard definition feed of HGTV.
On January 21, 2010, Cablevision and Scripps reached a deal and the channels were restored to Cablevision's systems in the New York City area on the same day and by the next day in other areas.
On November 5, 2010, AT&T U-verse dropped the DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Great American Country and HGTV, due to a carriage dispute with Scripps Networks.
HGTV's current programming focuses primarily on home-buying, renovation, and reality shows following the business of house flipping.
SNI CEO Ken Lowe stated of the programming strategy that "We're not going to surprise you. It's not easy to create content that people are passionate about and somewhat addicted to that is somewhat repetitive." As of 2016, HGTV has invested at least 0 million annually on original programming.