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FCC Orders Hearings on NFL Network, Bright House, WealthTV Complaints

Oct 11, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission’s media bureau is giving the NFL Network, WealthTV and a Baltimore/Washington sports network a major victory in their battle for carriage on cable systems, saying there is sufficient evidence the channels are being discriminated against to justify administrative hearings.
The FCC ordered the hearings late last night. The NFL Network, WealthTV and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (which carries Baltimore and Washington Major League Baseball games) have complained to the FCC that cable providers including Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks have been unfairly discriminating in favor of their own sports and financial lifestyle networks, failing to either carry the rival networks at all, or failing to carry them on basic channel packages.
Cable providers have rejected the charges, but the battle over the NFL Network and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has meant that local viewers have sometimes been unable to watch NFL and MLB games.
The FCC’s media bureau last night in an order indicated it hadn’t reached a final determination on any of the complaints, but said threshold evidence of discrimination had been presented and hearings by an administrative judge are needed to generate a record to determine what action might be needed.
The NFL Network had complained about Comcast, while WealthTV complained about Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House and Cox. The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network had complained about Comcast.
(Editor: Baumann)

53 Comments

  1. I agree, as i,m on brighthouse networks in orlando florida—-and can,t even get fsn florida in central florida–where the rest of the state is getting it.most of us are on fixed incomes–with economy –the way it is also–pretty pathetic—we pay the bills–and they to greedy on channels they want to put on—not what customers want.

  2. Furthermore, I can watch NFL games en deportes? but NFL network is blacked out in english?
    ridiculous.

  3. Yeah, Bright House is doing this also because in a lot of places (housing devlopments, etc.), they have the monopoly over them. I live in a development that doesn’t allow any other provider or service, just Bright House. I can’t even get DirecTV. The HOA don’t allow it because of the deal they have with Brighthouse and that they don’t want a dish to show in property. From what I understand, Bright House does this a lot.

  4. this is a reposne to chris.
    it is against fcc law for your hoa to tell u can not have satellite tv/internet i used to live in one of those devlopments and i had directv go to fcc.com and look it up or google it

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