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FCC seeking to close programming access loophole

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dettxw, Dec 15, 2009.

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  1. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    What bandwidth that can be on a spot beem.

    and there can also be room for CLTV as well. There are very sports on there (not csn+ stuff)

    also comcast cn8 (more local sports as well)
  2. skylab

    skylab Legend

    Dec 5, 2007
    Don't forget about COX Sports as well as many of the local Time Warner sports stations that air college basketball.
  3. ziggy29

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    Nov 18, 2004
    San Antonio DMA
    Maybe, but I'd think that also means D* would have to provide the 101 and other D*-specific programming to Comcast, TW and other cable operators under similar terms (or at least negotiate in good faith if they wanted it).
  4. ajc68

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    Jan 23, 2008
    The irony is D* has funded the past few seasons of Friday Night Lights. Although, the series will be over before Comcast takes control of NBC.
  5. dvdmth

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    Jul 24, 2008
    Denver, CO
    I don't think this would affect satellite providers at all. Cable and satellite are not subject to the same regulations, and cable has generally been regulated more strictly.

    That said, it would be a bad idea IMO to force cable to offer their programming to satellite without also forcing satellite to offer their programming to cable.
  6. jeepwrang3

    jeepwrang3 Legend

    Aug 19, 2006

    Finally, now lets hope they get it up and running soon
  7. jrodfoo

    jrodfoo Godfather

    Apr 9, 2007
    Wow....let's hope this actually gets CSN Philly and the rest of the channels on.....this will take a while to sort out and such I bet....
  8. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Here is a humorous reaction to this story from elsewhere:
  9. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    This would be good, but then if they added every local news network, it would eat up all of the new available channels that will open up when D12 goes into operation.

    Brighthouse has a good one here in Central Florida, that I would also like to see.
  10. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Looks like cable operators already tried to use that very argument stating that D* shouldn't have exclusive rights to NFL ST [Link]. D* wrote this response [Link] and here is a portion of both of them:
  11. jpl

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    Actually it does affect DBS. The loophole is what's preventing you guys from getting channels like CSN Philly. Close the loophole, and it would be illegal for cable providers from offering up the channel to DirecTV.

    I think satellite companies are required to offer up any channels they own to cable companies too. For example, if for some reason Comcast wanted DirecTV's channel 101, I believe, unless I'm mistaken, they would have to offer it.

    The whole point of these regulations is not to force a company to give away their stuff. The concern that the FCC has is with distribution companies also owning content providers. When you started seeing these mergers happen, there was much concern that it would create an environment where a specific channel could ONLY be offered on one specific system, giving them an unfair advantage.

    The other alternative is to make it illegal for distribution companies (TV service providers) from owning content providers.
  12. jtrain73

    jtrain73 AllStar

    Sep 25, 2006
    Agreed, CF NEWS 13 and BrightHouse Sports Network are channels I enjoy on cable that D* doesn't carry, but now could.
  13. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Wow.. it looks like some progress is actually happening. I won't believe it, though, until I see CSN Philly as an RSN on D*. I wonder what Comcrap will try to charge D* to carry it, but then again, I would think Comcrap would have to offer it to D* for the same price as FiOS pays in the Philly area.
  14. fireponcoal

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    Sep 26, 2009

    this makes me want to do a little dance around the room:hurah:.....

    i should know better but a win is still a win no matter how one looks at it.
  15. thelucky1

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    Feb 23, 2009
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- DIRECTV issued the following statement today: "The FCC's order today eliminating the terrestrial loophole is a big win for consumers and fair competition in the marketplace. We vigorously applaud the FCC for recognizing that withholding cable-owned regional sports networks from non-cable competitors significantly hinders competition and is anti-consumer. We are looking forward to offering DIRECTV customers the local sports programming they have been denied for so many years."
  16. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
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