Sports were a big topic during DirecTV's (DTV -0.5%) earnings call this afternoon.
The FIFA World Cup was the primary driver of subscriber additions in Q2.
Discussions with Disney are going well. Rates have been agreed upon for a deal covering the SEC network.
Management is very confident a deal will be struck to keep the NFL Sunday Ticket as part of its programming past this year. The package is considered integral to AT&T interest in the pay-TV operator. There is no change in thinking over opening up access to the premium package.
On the stalemate with Time Warner Cable over SportsNet LA, execs say TWC wants the equivalent of $26 per subscriber for the sports package which included the Dodgers. Condolences are offered to Dodgers fans, but there's no room for optimism that a deal is imminent.
Outside of sports, the company indicated that it expects free cash flow to grow over 10% Y/Y in 2014 with U.S. capex spending targeted to be lower.