Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:31 PM
I believe that the FCC said that cable companies have to offer their cable only channels (like RSNs) to competitors (like D*) as prices comensurate with what other providers pay. For example, if Verizon pays Comcrap $0.20 per sub in the Philly market for CSN Philly HD, then I would guess that Comcrap would also have to offer CSN Philly HD to D* for a similar amount. Of course, since Verizon and Comcrap have 90% of the Philly market, D* won't have to pay Comcrap very much to start with. If D* ever gets CSN Philly HD, there will be a huge sucking sound of Comcrap customers to D*, I have a feeling.
I don't think Comcrap can try to gouge D* as part of a negotiation standpoint.
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