“Telecommunications giant AT&T is negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve allegations that DirecTV executives improperly colluded with other pay-TV providers three years ago, effectively blocking carriage of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ television channel in Southern California,” The Los Angeles Times reports.
A settlement may be reached in the next two weeks, the story reports. “However, in a move that would probably disappoint thousands of Dodger fans, the proposed settlement would not require AT&T or its DirecTV subsidiary to begin carrying SportsNet LA, according to a person close to the negotiations who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter,” The Times adds.
The report also notes: “That means the Dodgers channel shutout — which is about to enter its fourth season — will continue unless AT&T agrees on its own to carry the channel on its DirecTV and U-Verse pay-TV systems. DirecTV is the second-largest pay-TV provider in the Los Angeles region with about 1.5 million subscriber homes. Its unwillingness to carry SportsNet has been a major obstacle in getting wider carriage for the channel.”
AT&T declined to comment for the story.