Comcast Corp.’s decision to carry the Tennis Channel as premium programming was a business judgment that didn’t discriminate against programming owned by others, a U.S. appeals court ruled, overturning a regulator’s order to include the channel in lower-cost packages.
Verizon Communications Inc. pay-TV subscribers regained access to the Tennis Channel two days into the Australian Open tournament, after the two sides reached an agreement that ended a four-month blackout.
Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. pay TV service, favored its own sports programming over the Tennis Channel in violation of federal rules and should be forced to distribute the network on equal terms, regulators said.
Customers of Cablevision Systems Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc.’s FiOS pay-TV service lost access to the Tennis Channel today amid a fee dispute, causing them to miss some coverage of the U.S. Open tournament.
The Federal Communications Commission let stand an agency judge’s ruling that Comcast Corp. improperly placed the Tennis Channel in different viewing packages on its cable systems than the company’s own sports programs.