COMCAST CITES COMPETITION IN DEFENSE OF SATELLITE TV BAN
Published September 26, 1997
Comcast Corp. yesterday "defended its refusal to put its new" RSN, Comcast SportsNet, on satellite TV, according to Michael Rozansky of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Comcast spokesperson Joe Waz said the move is "about competition," and added that SportsNet could help cable TV "distinguish itself from satellite rivals." Waz said that while DirecTV "has invested zero in improving the quality of programming available to greater Philadelphia," it wants to "profit" from a channel that Comcast has invested a great deal in, which "isn't fair." DirecTV's Bob Marsocci said Comcast is trying "to deflect attention from their own anticompetitive behavior." DirecTV filed a complaint Tuesday with the FCC accusing SportsNet of unfair competition because SportsNet will not be available on DBS systems. Meanwhile, yesterday, Wade Cable in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Cablevision and Warner Cable in Avalon, NJ, said they would run SportsNet as a basic-level channel (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/26).