NBC Sports Network announced it has acquired multiyear rights from DirecTV to air the satellite company's "The Dan Patrick Show," a move which among other things allows the NBC sports channel to jump from the cable wasteland of Channel 603 on DirecTV systems to the much more desirable Channel 220, where it will live along with the sports programming pack.
The Los Angeles Lakers are helping Time Warner Cable push DirecTV and Cox Communications into signing a carriage deal for the MSO's new Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes regional sports networks.
With Hurricane Sandy expected to spark widespread power outages and flooding in the northeast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon and other pay TV providers were racing Monday to prepare for damage to their networks from the storm.
Time Warner Cable said late Friday that Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse TV agreed to launch regional sports networks Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language version Time Warner Cable Deportes.
It's been a pretty ugly year when it comes to cable MSOs sparring with fellow operators over distribution of regional sports networks. MSG and Time Warner Cable's rate hike war saw a backlash from subscribers in January. Now, TWC is attempting to squeeze up to $4 per subscriber from pay TV providers in the Los Angeles area that want to carry its new SportsNet RSN.
Add fellow cable operator Cox Communications to the list of pay TV distributors criticizing Time Warner Cable for demanding monthly fees of nearly $4 per subscriber to carry its new Time Warner Cable SportsNet channel.
DirecTV and Dish Network should be forced to pay the same regulatory fees that cable operators pay the commission to support the FCC Media Bureau, the American Cable Association told the commission earlier this week.
Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen is reviving speculation of a possible merger with DirecTV, telling a reporter at Bloomberg that he thinks the satellite TV providers would have a better chance at winning approval of a deal than when the companies attempted to combine assets a decade ago.
About 18 months after creating 24-hour 3D TV network 3net, joint venture partners Sony, Discovery and IMAX are extending the network's agenda further into content production and distribution with the formation of 3net Studios.
Verizon FiOS (East Region), DirecTV (South Region), WOW! (North Central Region) and Dish Network (West Region) ranked highest in customer satisfaction among subscribers surveyed by J.D. Power and Associates for its 2012 U.S. Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study.