One would think that it would be to C*'s advantage to obtain as many viewers as possible, apparently C* only looks for more cable subscribers, and their cable growth is stagnant at best.
Actually, Comcast, like all bloated/expensive cable companies have been hemorrhaging customers for years now. And guess where those customers are going? Either to legal/illegal PC downloads, or to satellite tv.
It's in their monopolistic self-interest to keep CSN Philly to themselves, as a cable company.
But Comcast is no longer just the country's biggest cable company. They are now a media distribution giant. Their ownership in NBC television and Universal Pictures movies dwarfs the importance of their cable empire. And, yet, it's still the SOS when it comes CSN Philly. Hopefully, all of this overambition and shortsightedness on what should take priority will lead them to bankruptcy. It will take several years to occur, but I will enjoy it if it happens (even if it means hurting the competitiveness/spending on the Flyers and Sixers - and I love those teams, but this is just how much I'm rooting against Comcast). I guess grudges can be perverse.
Then again, it takes two to tango, and Directv is not totally without fault. Because of the legal changes the past couple of years, it seems likely that Comcast is currently offering CSN Philly to Directv at an inflated, but technically "fair", market price. I understand they have to look at their bottom line as well, but how about giving something back to their long-suffering Philly area customers, as a reward for sticking with them all these years?
Yeah right, I'm sure that'll happen (lol)...