Exec: Disney doesn't require operators to take content they don't want

06/12/2013 | MediaPost Communications · Broadcasting & Cable

Disney does not force pay-TV providers to take low-rated channels in order to gain access to more popular content, Ben Pyne, president of global distribution at Disney Media Networks, said during testimony before a House panel. "I've signed three affidavits attesting to the fact that we do not employ what is commonly known as tying," Pyne said. However, Mike Palkovic, executive vice president of DIRECTV, without citing any specific programmers, said top companies set rates that make it less affordable to provide specific channels, instead of offering an entire bundle.

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