DirecTV preps to battle a bigger Comcast

|By:, SA News Editor

DirecTV (DTV -0.1%) thinks Time Warner Cable (TWC -0.7%) should offer its SportsNet LA regional sports network as an a la carte option to consumers - instead of forcing it to be part of a larger sports package.

The comments from the satellite TV provider are an initial salvo in what could be an intense battle with Comcast (CMCSA -0.8%).

If Comcast swallows up most of TWC it gains leverage with negotiating out a carriage deal on SportsNet LA. On this issue at least DirecTV is on the same side as consumers, noting that not everyone wants to pay for L.A. Dodgers baseball as part of their Pay-TV bill.