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November 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM EST
L.A. Lakers Blackout: DirecTV Goes to War Against Time Warner Cable.
MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL This year there's been little love lost between cable TV companies and content providers. DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV) and Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) had a contractual skirmish in the summer that resulted in a 10-day blackout of Viacom channels for DirecTV customers before a carriage deal was reached. There was also Dish Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) months-long blackout of AMC (NASDAQ:AMCX) which finally ended on October 21.   A fundamental sticking point in the Viacom-DirecTV and AMC-Dish fights was the availability of content online and how that would impact ratings for pay TV operators. Dish for example was unhappy that past seasons of AMC ...
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