The New York Yankees’ YES Network took Time Warner Cable to court Friday for
starting to sell the service on an ala carte basis. YES sued the company in New
York State Supreme Court, charging that the move violated Time Warner Cable’s
license agreement calling for putting YES on a tier packaged with other
Time Warner Cable took YES off its basic tier a month ago, instead offering
it to subscribers for $1 a month.
Time Warner asserts it is allowed to do that because YES cut a similar deal
to settle its battle with Cablevision Systems, triggering a 'most favored
nation' clause in YES’s Time Warner agreement.
But the suit says that Time Warner isn’t carrying the sports network on the
same exact terms as Cablevision.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.