Tennis Channel case to Supreme Court

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The Tennis Channel is taking its case vs. Comcast to the Supreme Court, claiming Comcast discriminated against it by not offering it to customers in the same tier as two sports channels the cable giant owns.

The Tennis Channel filed the petition after a D.C. circuit court ruled that Comcast did not violate the 1992 Cable Act by not packaging it with the Golf Channel and Versus (now NBC Sports).

“We are seeking Supreme Court review of the D.C. circuit’s decision in our case because the lower court strayed from longstanding federal discrimination law to invent an arbitrary and unfair standard for deciding cable carriage complaints,” Tennis Channel said in a statement. “The ruling ignores Congress’ intent to ensure a diverse, competitive media marketplace and eviscerates the FCC’s congressionally assigned responsibility to regulate program network competition in the public interest.”

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