It may take arbitration to get 1st-place Dodgers on the air

Time Warner Cable (TWC +1.4%) says it will agree to binding arbitration to settle its dispute with DirecTV (DTV +0.8%) over a carriage fee deal for the SportsNet LA network which includes coverage of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball.

DirecTV hasn't indicated yet it will agree to enter arbitration as it continues to push for an a la carte option for its customers. Meanwhile, close to 70% of the Los Angeles TV/broadband market can't access Dodgers baseball.

The TWC-DTV spat is being closely watched by the pay-TV industry (T, CHTR, CVC, DISH, VZ) and sports network owners (DIS, FOXA, TWX, CMCSA, CBS) as the issue of bundling regional sports networks into packages remains a hot topic.

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  • Alfred Galli
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    TWC should charge the SportsNet LA network for delivering their commercials into peoples homes. TWC is the pipeline for commercials and pipelines get paid to deliver product.
    29 Jul 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • phildevoyd
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    Shades of Curt Floor vs. Bowie Kuhn!
    29 Jul 2014, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • robgra
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    Same kind of crap dish and Fox pulled over "local surcharges" for the Atlanta Braves.
    One reason I am no longer a Dish customer. Hope Netflix and the like put all of them out of business.
    29 Jul 2014, 05:55 PM Reply Like
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