A New York City sports bar has become the fourth entity to file a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and DIRECTV over the licensing of out-of-market games through the satcaster's Sunday Ticket service. As with the other lawsuits, this one "alleges that NFL teams are colluding with each other to grant the NFL the exclusive right to market games outside each team's home market," Eriq Gardner writes.
DirecTV tallied more total subscribers than EchoStar at the end of 2003, although EchoStar increased its total share of the satellite market slightly, a report says. DirecTV's deal to carry the NFL Sunday Ticket package played a major role in the satcaster's strong subscriber growth in the last two quarters, data show.
Vivendi Universal's Trio may fall from the satcaster's grace unless the two sides reach a contract agreement, DirecTV said yesterday. Trio has created a Web site, www.savetrio.com, for outraged viewers to petition the satcaster.
The number of new high-speed subscribers to Time Warner Cable's service dropped 35% compared with first-quarter numbers. Analysts believe the decline can be attributed to seasonality, economic factors -- including the war -- and competition for attractive DSL packages.