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Cox Cable vs. Directv and others?
Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:16 PM
Posted 14 August 2010 - 06:22 AM
To review, federal law for a very long time required any channel distribued to cable systems via a sat to be made available to any competitor. In Philadelphia and San Diego, the local cable companies found a "loophole", by building ground based distribution for their sports channels, and thus denying them to competition.
The FCC voted to close that loophole, but that is only step one. Now these cable companies must negioate "in good faith" with DirecTV, DISH, AT&T, and Verizon. Now what does "good faith" mean? Eventually they will either reach a deal, or the matter will end up back at the FCC as it tries to figure out if Cox and Comcast are being "fair". That is step two.
San Diego is complicated by the fact that the market is pretty small. The "exclusive" Padres area (where no other teams are considered in-market) is just San Diego and the surrounding unpopulated desert. Thus not nearly the priority that Philly is.
Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:25 AM
The other problem is that talking to one of the influences at Cox would be impossible. However, I once knew the founder of Cox through a golf activity. I wonder if he is still alive.