If Comcast succeeds in closing its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, one of its first challenges may be to secure carriage deals for SportsNet LA, the regional sports network TWC plans to launch this spring with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I was starting to write a column last night about some predictions that former Tele-Communications Inc. chief Leo Hindery had in 1999 about the impact of cable consolidation when news broke about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal. Those statements from Hindery, the architect of a series of cable system acquisitions and swaps in 1997 that we called the "Summer of Love," are as relevant today as ever.
Nearly one month after dropping The Weather Channel, DirecTV said Monday that it is working with WeatherNation, the programmer that replaced TWC, to add local weather reports and a mosaic program guide channel that it will use during severe storms.
I thought separate meetings I had last week with the top video executives at Comcast and Verizon would help answer questions about their strategy with new technology platforms like X1 and LTE multicast. But my interview with Verizon's Shawn Strickland left me with many more questions.
DirecTV and Dish Network struck a deal which will see the satellite TV rivals pitch targeted ads to political media buyers working on statewide campaigns.
The Weather Channel is taking its fight to restore distribution on DirecTV to the board of directors of the top satellite TV provider, with CEO David Kenny writing a letter in which he says that "thousands" of DirecTV subscribers have threatened to cancel their subscriptions.
In Verizon, OnCue has found a buyer with experience building relationships with the TV networks and content owners. Verizon also has the financial and technical resources to keep OnCue going.
DirecTV is reserving the right to use the brand "WV Wild & Wonderful Sports" for the launch of a network that would deliver streaming video and on-demand sports content, according to two trademark applications it filed last week.
The Weather Channel accused DirecTV of risking the safety of its subscribers early Tuesday after DirecTV's refusal to agree to pay an increased license fee prompted TWC to pull its feed from about 20 million satellite TV subscribers.
About 20 million DirecTV subscribers may lose access to The Weather Channel at midnight Tuesday unless the satellite provider agrees to pay increased license fees, the network is warning viewers.