The FCC is requiring that Comcast carry Tennis Channel on the same tier as Golf Channel and Versus, siding with an adminstrative law judge who said that the cabler was favoring channels that it owns.
Comcast will have 45 days to comply with the order, and must pay a $375,000 fine, the FCC said in its order issued on Tuesday.
“Tennis Channel’s competitive disadvantage against Golf Channel and Versus would be directly relieved if Comcast provided Tennis Channel with equal carriage,” the FCC said. “With equal carriage, Tennis Channel would be able to compete against Golf Channel and Versus on equal footing for content, advertisers and viewers. Futhermore, without the ripple effect of Comcast’s narrow carriage of Tennis Channel on the basis of affiliation, Tennis Channel will be in a better position to compete for broader carriage on the systems of other MVPDs.”