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DirecTV has plenty of reasons to be patient in Dodgers showdown
DirecTV has plenty of reasons to be patient in Dodgers showdown

When DirecTV dropped the Weather Channel this year, it cited price as the main reason. And yet when DirecTV subsequently struck a deal to carry the channel after a three-month blackout, it agreed to pay more for the network. What changed was that one of the owners of the Weather Channel had something DirecTV wanted -- access to Hilton Hotels. Just before announcing its deal to start carrying the Weather Channel again, DirecTV struck an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to use the satellite service in half a million rooms. Hilton Worldwide Holdings is owned by the private equity firm Blackstone Group, which also has a large stake in the Weather Channel. The kind of creativity used in...

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