DirecTV appears to have no interest in entering a binding arbitration process with Time Warner Cable over a lengthy carriage impasse that has kept 70 percent of the L.A. market blacked out from Dodgers games this season.
Continuing to defeat the strong headwinds facing new regional sports networks, the ESPN-backed SEC Network has announced carriage deals with Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks.
Revenue from satellite pay TV companies will surpass that generated by cable operators worldwide and reach $99.9 billion by 2020. However, satellite revenue generated in Western Europe will soon begin to decline as operators face new competition from online platforms.
Time Warner Cable has finally stopped sending me direct-mail come-ons, with Comcast trying to buy the company and get the combined video subscriber girth into regulatory fighting shape (i.e. 30 million subscribers or less). But for several years, TWC spent--gosh, I don't know, hundreds--on postage and mailers alone, courting me to become a triple-play subscriber. This was after they had me locked up, but failed to close the deal out.
Want to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket without carrying a DirecTV subscription as well? This could be your lucky season. The satellite provider is offering NFLSundayTicket.tv in three tiers starting at $199.99--with certain restrictions.
DirecTV has notably turned a cold shoulder to big launches of regional sports networks recently, shunning TimeWarner SportsNet LA, the Pac-12 Network and CSN Houston, for example. Why will things be different for the SEC Network, the new ESPN-backed channel focused on Southeastern Conference sports that launches in August?
The American Cable Association is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to impose regulatory fees on DBS providers DirecTV and Dish Network equal to those currently charged to cable providers.
William Rogerson, a former FCC chief economist and noted critic of the 2010 merger of Comcast and NBCUniversal, will be part of the team that oversees the Federal Communications Commission as it makes crucial regulatory rulings on the pending Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim will buy AT&T's stake in América Móvil for $5.6 billion, further tightening his grip on the Mexican telecommunications giant. AT&T had been expected to sell its holding in América Móvil as a way to ease regulatory passage of its proposed $49 billion deal for DirecTV.
Top officials for AT&T and DirecTV are set to make the case for their proposed $49 billion merger in back-to-back hearings in the House and Senate Tuesday, but will be greeted by testimony from several dissonant voices.