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LA Times on the BTN.

This article doesn't contain much new information but does provide a nice overview. In other news:
  • Armstrong, a small cable operator that serves Youngstown, Ohio, doesn't expect to reach a deal with the BTN in time for the season. This article contains a significant error, describing DirecTV's Total Choice package as a "premium" package, when it's really just the equivalent of a cable company's "expanded basic," which generally is required to get ESPN, etc. That's what the dispute is all about, remember? The writer also mentions "band width" as if it's some exotic term made up by the Armtrong spokesperson. You see, if the BTN takes up too much space in the magic tubes, the hamsters can't run back and forth with the video tapes.
  • Unsurprisingly, the Columbus Dispatch reports an uptick in DirecTV installations in crazy Buckeye-land. Time Warner knows nothing about it.
  • I don't think I have mentioned this, but Brian Cook and others were all over the pathetic astroturfing stunt by Comcast.