TAC Refiles Comcast, Time Warner Case


The America Channel -- a prospective network originally about local heroes until it switched to regional sports programming -- refiled its antitrust suit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable in an action stemming from TAC’s inability to obtain carriage from either cable company.

A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Minnesota dismissed many of TAC’s claims but allowed the company to amend it and refile within 20 days. Among other things, TAC alleged that the two MSOs used their market clout to shut out TAC in violation of antitrust law.

Although TAC has announced several programming-distribution deals, it has yet to launch in the U.S. on a cable or direct-broadcast satellite system.

“While we do not comment on pending litigation, we continue to believe that The America Channel’s litigation is meritless,” Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said.