The decision-making process before choosing to carry a network—like, say, Time Warner Cable SportsNet—is far more complex than it was just 24 months ago, distribution heavy hitters said Thurs at the Covington & Burling Sports Media & Technology presented by SportsBusiness Daily/Global/Journal. AT&T content & ad
sales pres Jeff Weber and TWC’s Melinda Witmer shed light on making RSN deals and how the industry’s process is changing.

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MLB business evp Tim Brosnan hints that as affiliate agreements come up for negotiation, compensation for MLB Network will be an issue on the table. Read on for more details and comments from FOX Sports’ Eric Shanks on TV Everywhere.
Charter has filed a request for a 2-year waiver of the FCC’s set-top integration ban, saying it needs to be able to lease to subs integrated set-tops that also support downloadable security as it completes its transition to an all-digital network that relies on downloadable security. More on the MSO’s plans.
 
The US District Court for the Central District of CA on Wed rejected Fox Broadcasting’s request for a preliminary injunction that would stop DISH subs from using the ad skipping service AutoHop. And Fox responds.

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