My question is why should Philadelphians suffer because of Direct TV has a vastly different distribution system? That's kind of a ****ed reason to keep Philadelphians dark when it comes to being able to view any RSN at all.
We are not a small American town in the middle of nowhere. Last time I checked we were the fifth or sixth biggest metro area in the country. I personally would love to see the FCC get involved further. **** both Comcast and Direct TV over this issue.. If either can't come to a consensus on this issue let a third party grease the wheels. [mod edit: removed inappropriate comment]
DIRECTV has never had that channel. Its not like you lost the channel. I think your continuing to miss the problem with asking the FCC to set pricing for providers and Distributors. That's juts a bad idea all around. Not to mention, what's next? Every provider forced to carry every channel at the same pricing structures? Out the window with competition and pull out your wallets...
Philly isn't suffering because of dtvs vastly different system, they are suffering because only Verizon was willing to most likely way over pay to enter the market, where as DIRECTV doesn't need to have that market to survive by any stretch. And Comcast is the greediest company out there or so it seems. The day they compared their Portland RSN to a major nation sports channel is the day they showed that their self absorbed greedy selves know no limit to what they think they can charge people.
What Comcast wants for that channel does not fit in the pricing structure for DIRECTV. End of story. Unless something happens on comcasts end, I don't see that changing, because DIRECTV isn't going to start saying higher costs for channels are ok. they didn't pick up pac12 they sure as hell aren't going to pick up Comcast in Philly.
Edited by Tom Robertson, 17 February 2013 - 04:17 PM.