Comcast At Odds With NFL
Comcast is at it again, this time taking on the NFL.
Comcast, the largest cable provider in the country, will continue to carry the NFL Network even though its contract with the NFL expired today.
The two sides have long been at odds over the placement of the NFL Network among Comcast’s levels of programming. But they issued a joint statement Thursday, as well as a self-imposed injunction, saying the NFL Network will not be taken off Comcast while the two sides work toward a new deal.
The NFL won’t renew the contract it has with Comcast unless the country’s largest cable provider includes the NFL Network on its basic cable package.
Comcast contends that it moved the network to a different tier because the NFL drastically raised the price for its network when it started broadcasting regular-season games. Comcast spokesman John Demming said the NFL raised the price for its network by “more than 350 percent” after it added the eight-game regular-season package to its programming.
This is one of the reasons I ditched Comcast. I wasn’t going to pay extra to watch the NFL and they did the same thing with the Big Ten Network.
The others? Equipment that repeatedly malfunctioned, billing errors and just the worst customer service I have ever experienced as a consumer.
They will keep their own channels like Versus and The Golf Channel on the basic tier, but the NFL Network goes to a “special” tier? And if they had owned Big Ten Network you can bet it would have been on their basic tier.
Moving to Dish has been one of the best moves I have ever made. Killer customer service. And guess what? I get NFL and Big Ten at no additional cost.