Re: Fox Sports San Diego 2012 for Padres games
04-05-2012 11:01:42 AM
DirecTV also carries the channel. Right now there's a dual contract hangup. I don't believe that Major League Baseball has formally announced the approval of the TV deal, meaning that FSSD does not have the rights to broadcast the Padres games. However, FSSD is operating as if it does/will have the rights by first pitch today (which I also assume it will, MLB would be stupid not to push the deal through.) The flip-side is that FSSD also has not worked out carriage agreements with U-Verse, Time Warner Cable, or Dish, meaning that, according to this article, 42% of the county will be without FSSD on opening day. This is about a 12 percent INCREASE in households without coverage from last year when the Padres were on Cox owned 4SD.
AT&T blew a big chance to pick up angry subscribers from TWC by not working out a deal with FSSD.