Lamenting the fact that his athletic conference's regional sports network is about to kick off its third consecutive college football season without an affiliate deal with DirecTV, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott directed some pointed criticism at the satellite company.
AT&T and DirecTV are set to take over struggling regional sports network CSN Houston. According to reorganization plans filed in federal bankruptcy court on Wednesday, Aug. 6, ownership of the network will be transferred from Comcast's NBCUniversal unit, the Houston Rockets NBA franchise and the Houston Astros MLB team.
It's tough enough explaining the entrenched pay-TV carriage battle over SportsNet LA to adult trade readers. So I didn't really know what to tell my 8-year-old son, Reece, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when his favorite player, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, suddenly appeared on our DirecTV program guide after the Dodgers had been blacked out on our pay-TV service since late-March.
Repeating the refrain of its top executive from a week earlier, DirecTV has issued a statement saying it's not interested in an arbitration over the carriage dispute that continues to black out the Dodgers from 70 percent of the Los Angeles market.
DirecTV has said it's not interested in an arbitration process to work out a carriage dispute that has kept 70 percent of the L.A. market blacked out from Dodgers games this season. Still, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), one of six lawmakers who originally proposed such a process in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, keeps trying to sell the plan
The ESPN-backed SEC Network has announced a linchpin carriage agreement with DirecTV that will push the regional sports network into 87 million pay-TV homes when it launches Aug. 14.
DirecTV will be set up to deliver 4K VOD by the end of this year and will be ready to render live 4K video as soon as 2015, according to the company's president and CEO, Mike White.
DirecTV chairman and CEO Mike White said the satellite company has agreed on rates with ESPN/Disney on the soon-to-launch SEC Network regional sports channel, and is "optimistic" about coming to terms with the National Football League by the end of the year for a crucial renewal of the "NFL Sunday Ticket" package.
Partially driven by rabid World Cup TV consumption in its overseas point of strength, Latin America, DirecTV reported second-quarter earnings growth of 22 percent to $806 million, with revenue increasing 5 percent year-over-year to $8.1 billion and beating analysts' consensus forecast.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a letter to Time Warner Cable chief executive Rob Marcus, demanding he do something--soon--to end a carriage dispute that has blacked out Dodgers baseball games in 70 percent of the Los Angeles market this season.