I here that.....BUT......Verizon FIOS worked out a deal with Comcast and carry CSNNW...........thus, it would appear that it isn't totally out of the picture for DTV to work something out too. Sure hope so. IF they do though I hope that DTV won't block coverage for those in the Portland area AND they are in HD - like on MOJO via Comcast.
You have a good point, but as I understand it, FIOS is trying to break into the market over here so they made a decision to pay the high carriage fee so that they could have something to sell to their customers. For the most part DirecTV has a product that their customers already want.
I say high carriage fee but no one has been able to show what the fee Comcast is demanding of DirecTV, nor what Verizion paid, but speculation is that it is nearly that of the ESPN carriage rate, not a mid level RSN that DirecTV thinks it is.
DirecTV on the other hand is saying, we are not going to pay this price that Verizion was silly enough to pay, and DirecTV will Comcast will continue to beat an impasse.
Now unfortunately that leaves us, the viewers, in the dark because neither side will budge. Or at least they haven't budged yet.
So about once a month I write DirecTV, Comcast and the Blazers to see whats up. DirecTV doesn't comment on current negotiations, Comcast rarely replies, and the Blazers would say we are hoping a solution will come, but we already got paid.