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.
DirecTV launched its Genie whole-home DVR Thursday, offering new subscribers who sign two-year contracts set-tops for up to five rooms and free access to the 2012 NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Cablevision, AT&T and DirecTV are deploying smarter IPGs that rely on technology such as recommendation engines and voice recognition to make it easier for subscribers to find programming they may be interested in.
Comcast has filed a trademark application for the brand DOWNLOAD2GO that the company says could be used to market a mobile video service and software for downloading video to smartphones and tablet computers.
DirecTV will soon begin marketing Genie, a high-definition DVR that can automatically record TV shows based on a subscriber's viewing habits, VP of Public Relations Darris Gringeri told FierceCable Wednesday.