COMCAST CITES COMPETITION IN DEFENSE OF SATELLITE TV BAN
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).