I appreciate this truly is “beating a dead horse” (evidenced by the fact the last post in this thread appeared in March) and CSN Philadelphia likely will never be offered by DirecTV. Nevertheless, an article last week in the Wall Street Journal addressing SportsNet LA listed average monthly subscriber fees for selected RSNs. Several carried by DirecTV – viz., FS North, CSN Mid-Atlantic and NESN – exceed the figure specified for CSN Philly.
Earlier in the year, press reports noted a study by JP Morgan disclosing CSN Philly was the sixth-most expensive RSN, costing $3.90 per subscriber (while MSG mandated an outlay of $5.44).
If memory serves, DirecTV refused to enter into arbitration with Comcast, fearing the latter might be granted an excessive award. However, is it not reasonable to assume an arbitrator necessarily would take into account carriage fees paid by Comcast (to itself!), Verizon and small cable operators in the Philly region thereby constraining DirecTV’s financial burden?
Of course I am unfamiliar with the specifics of DirecTV - Comcast interchanges and the former’s cost-benefit analysis regarding the addition of CSN Philly, but as a Philadelphia expatriate still “hope against hope” the parties ultimately will consummate an agreement.