Time Warner Cable said late Thursday that DirecTV agreed to launch Time Warner Cable SportsNet, leaving Dish Network the last major holdout for the regional sports network that carries Los Angeles Lakers games.
Vivendi on Friday revealed it would like to receive €7 billion ($8.9 billion) for its Brazilian-based wireline unit Global Village Telecom (GVT). According to a Reuters report citing two unnamed sources close to the situation, four companies may be interested in purchasing GVT.
DirecTV said Tuesday that it grew its subscriber base by just 67,000 during the third quarter. That's a significant drop from the third quarter of last year, when the top satellite TV provider gained a record 327,000 net new subscribers.
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How did pay TV distributors, programmers, and technology vendors perform during the third quarter of 2012? FierceCable will track the earnings reports and investor calls from public cable distributors, programmers and technology vendors, and update this special report regularly.
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.