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07-30-2010 12:51 PM #1
Statement from DISH on CSN Philly
“DISH Network has requested access to deliver Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia to our customers; however Comcast has refused to enter into good faith discussions. Comcast’s refusal clearly demonstrates a disturbing pattern of discriminatory behavior – as we have indicated in our previous arbitration filings – whereby the provider continues to restrict access to must-have sports programming and inappropriately uses its leverage to drive onerous terms for its other programming properties. DISH Network believes that Comcast is in direct violation of the FCC’s order to close the “terrestrial loophole” within the program access rules, and plans to file a formal complaint. It is this type of anti-competitive conduct that reinforces our argument that the merger between Comcast and NBCU poses a grave threat to competition in the multichannel video market.”
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07-30-2010 04:55 PM #2
Sounds like the Comcast I hated for so many years.
I'm not surprised!
07-30-2010 09:56 PM #3
Comcast really is trying to make sure there owned channels are Comcast excursive, looks like they done found another loophole. and that loophole's name is contract negotiations. another example of the future of the Cable/Satellite business in effect. disputes over carriage everywhere for every provider, i just wish the FCC and the government would something about that issue.
just glad this channel isn't my regional sports network, since i live in "Dallas Cowboys Country, aka North Texas.
07-31-2010 08:19 AM #4
this is an article fromthe philly inquirer on the subject
Dish: We will file Comcast complaint over sports | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/31/2010
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What I don't understand is why does it mean when they say they won't give discuss with Dish do to business practices the ability to carry CSN, but on another line they say Comcast will discuss carriage. Seems to me these to statements or contray to one another. If they'll discuss carriage why won't they discuss carrying the channel? Another contradiction is when Comcast says they offer CSN to their competition. If they did then D* and E* wouldn't now be asking to carry the channel.
Some one explain please.
07-31-2010 09:19 AM #5
They provide CSN Philly to RCN (has some small markets around Philly) and FIOS (which is only available in certain areas) because they couldn't hide behind the terrestrial loophole for these providers like they can for satellite.
This is the same company that wants everyone just to trust them about not withholding NBC Universal content, but yet their track record says differently. They also said they wouldn't challenge any FCC access regulations, yet here we are.
07-31-2010 10:07 AM #6
I agree i'm totally against Comcast purchase of NBC. It would be the worst thing ever for the tv viewer.
I just watched Capitalism "A Love Story" by Micael Moore and Comcast fits in with the rest of those cut throat businesses like the banking industry. They're no better than Goldman Sachs.