Sports net airs after fees row

PSN fights DirecTV

BUENOS AIRES — PanAmerican Sports Network (PSN) is back on both satcaster DirecTV and No. 2 MSO Multicanal after regulators intervened in a dispute over carriage fees.

But PSN will appeal the decision of Argentina’s antitrust authorities.

PSN pulled its signal from DirecTV’s local service and Multicanal on Sept. 16 after a dispute about matches for soccer tourney “Copa Mercosur” which were to air as a premium service.

PSN shifted all the matches to its basic channel, then demanded higher carriage fees.

Multicanal and DirecTV appealed to Argentine authorities, who ruled in their favor, noting that PSN had signed a contract last year with them to show “Copa Mercosur” as a premium service through 2002.

The regulators also learned that PSN had not requested additional fees from leading cabler Cablevision, a spokesperson in the antitrust office says.

PSN restored the signal on Sept. 19.

Finger of blame

Hollywood, Fla.-based PSN issued a statement Sept. 26 in which it said the signal to DirecTV and MultiCanal was cut due to “repeated and prolonged failure to fulfill (their) obligations.”

Both PSN and Cablevision are Hicks Muse companies.

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