Television: Newsmakers Mar 11, 2008




Detroit News:

Could there finally be peace in our time between Comcast and the Big Ten Network? The two sides are back to active negotiations, in hopes of finally reaching an agreement. A published report Monday said the two sides were close to an agreement, but neither the BTN nor Comcast would confirm that. Allegedly, some difficult impasses have been broken, which could lead to the Big Ten Network reaching some Comcast customers by summer. The BTN, which launched August 2007, has not been carried by Comcast cable, because of long-running disagreements over carriage and fees. The biggest casualty of the blackout has been Metro Detroit's Big Ten sports fans who are Comcast customers, equaling 70 percent of the market... Comcast, BTN open talks again (Tue, 3/11)

Detroit Free Press:

The Big Ten Network appears on its way to most homes in Michigan. According to a source close to the negotiations, Comcast and the BTN have made significant progress toward a deal and only an unforeseen setback would prevent the network from being on the cable system by football season. Considering the animosity between the sides much of last fall and into the winter -- Comcast ran negative ads, especially on radio, attacking BTN -- a deal would be significant... Barring unforeseen setback, Big Ten Network and Comcast deal should get done (Tue, 3/11)







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