News Analysis The announcement yesterday that DIRECTV and other AT&T-owned TV services would carry SportsNet LA was so surprising that some thought it was an April Fool’s joke. The two sides had been such bitter foes that it didn’t seem possible that they would ever come to terms. But yesterday, more than six years after
Q. Do you think there’s any chance that DIRECTV will carry the Dodgers TV channel? It really is hard to believe that no one besides Spectrum has it. Don’t you think DIRECTV will carry it this season? Aren’t they losing subscribers and all? — Fred, Manhattan Beach, California. See April 1 update on this story:
Q. I am very mad. I have Charter Spectrum and I just looked for Fox Soccer Plus and I couldn’t find it in my lineup. I’ve had it for some time and I pay good money for it. So where the Hell is it?!! — Dave, Brooklyn. Dave, as you know, Fox Soccer Plus is
Q. I read your Super Bowl story, but I was wondering if Charter Spectrum was going to have the game in 4K. They are a really big cable company and it would seem like they would — Rene, Santa Monica, California. Rene, it might seem like Charter Spectrum would. After all, it’s the nation’s second
Q. It’s 2020 and it looks like the Dodgers won’t be on DIRECTV yet again this season. Isn’t there anything that can be done about this?! Why won’t Charter just lower the fees so every TV company would carry SportsNet LA? It doesn’t make any sense to me at all. — Bev, Marina Del Rey,
Q. I read your story about whether AT&T will shut down DIRECTV. I agree with you that it could happen because it keeps losing subscribers. But what about cable companies like Comcast? They are losing customers, too, so won’t they meet the same fate at some point? — Hank, Fairfax, Virginia. Hank, I wrote a
Q. I thought my Spectrum cable service was supposed to add the ACC Network last week, but it hasn’t. What’s up with that? Why don’t I have it? — Luna, Lebanon, Connecticut. Luna, you are right. Charter, which delivers your Spectrum cable TV service, announced last week that it would add the new ACC Network
Q. I have Charter Spectrum cable and I read that I was going to get the ACC Network. So last night, I turned it on and what do I see? Nothing! Nothing at all. What the hell?! Why wasn’t it on? — Tulo, Los Angeles. Tulo, you are not alone. A large number of Charter/Spectrum
Q. I am excited about the ACC Network starting tomorrow (today, August 22), but I was wondering if my provider, Comcast, will carry it. And if it’s not, which of the streamers will carry it. Will Netflix? — Sam, Raleigh, North Carolina. Sam, you’re right. The ESPN-owned ACC Network debuts tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
Q. I read your story about DIRECTV possibly losing the NFL Sunday Ticket after the 2019 season. Do you think Comcast or Charter could get it? I would imagine if it would make cable great again, if you know what I mean. — Roger, Cleveland. Roger, the National Football League could opt-out of its eight-year
Comcast has revealed at its web site that its ‘early bird’ price for the 2019 MLB Extra Innings plan will be $170, which is roughly $6 (and 3.7 percent) higher than its 2018 pre-season price. The ‘early bird’ offer is good until March 27. Comcast does not say what the price will be after that.
Charter’s Spectrum TV service has revealed at its web site that its price for the 2019 MLB Extra Innings plan will be $177.99, which is $4 higher than the 2018 price. The cable operator’s price for the package of out-of-market games is nearly identical to what DIRECTV is now charging ($177.90). The satcaster raised its