"It is very disappointing," said DirecTV Chief Executive
While the two companies are still talking, little progress has been made. White said the price Time Warner Cable paid -- $8.35 billion over 25 years, according to a valuation by the Dodgers and
"It is a tax on most customers who wouldn't pay it if they had a choice," White said.
DirecTV has said it wants to offer SportsNet LA to subscribers who want it rather than require everyone to receive it.
That is a nonstarter for Time Warner Cable, which outbid Prime Ticket, a sports network owned by
Neither side has commented on specifics of their contract talks. People familiar with the matter who declined to speak publicly because of the sensitive nature of the talks said Time Warner Cable is seeking a price more than $4 per subscriber in the first year of a long-term contract.
DirecTV is not the only area pay-TV distributor not carrying SportsNet LA. Others that have resisted deals include Dish Network, Cox, Charter,
White said subscriber losses from not carrying SportsNet LA are immaterial.
While White was chatty about the Dodger situation, he declined to comment on stories that broke last week that AT&T had approached DirecTV about an acquiring the El Segundo-based company.