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Cox Cable vs. Directv and others?

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by jborchel, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. jborchel

    jborchel Legend

    Oct 7, 2005
    Has this situation been taken care of yet. I know that the FCC ruled that Cox must offer the San Digo Padre games to other cable and satellite companies for broadcast but there were additional steps that had to be taken. Has this happened yet? Crucial series in San Francisco starting tonight and I'm afraid I won't be able to get it on MLB.
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  2. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    It is a two-step process, and unlikely to be resolved in the short term.

    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.
  3. jborchel

    jborchel Legend

    Oct 7, 2005
    Thanks for the detail. What puzzles me is that in San Diego Cox has a limited geographical area that they service and have no intention of building infrastructure in my area which is remote in the desert. Semms like they could work with Directv and others to blackout only those zip codes that they are physically installed/available in.

    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.


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