Everyone’s favorite hometown cable psuedo-monopoly is in court this week over allegations it is favoring its own content over third-party channels.
The National Football League and Comcast have been fighting over the cable giant’s handling of the NFL Network in FCC court. Since its launch, Comcast has excluded the NFL Network from its primary channel group forcing customers to pay an extra eight dollars for an additional programming package.
The NFL is accusing Comcast of favoring its own sports channels, such as The Golf Channel and Versus, while making it difficult for the competition to be carried. The network has been relegated to MTV’s 1986 tactics begging customers to call Comcast and demand the NFL network but the result will affect the strange balancing act that Comcast does between content producer and content provider.
The NFL Network is mostly known for carrying a handful of live football games throughout the year, broadcasting classic games and covering the NFL draft. Unless you are a die-hard football nut, the result of this case will go mostly unnoticed as the Eagles are not currently scheduled for any NFL Network games.
Comcast has countered, accusing the NFL of demanding an unrealistic per-subscriber fee of 70 cents and will stop carrying the network at all when their contract expires at the end of this month. Comcast is also being taken to court over a similiar dispute with WealthTV.