DIRECTV sports fee could signal new programming model

DIRECTV is imposing a $3 monthly surcharge on new customers of four of its packages in markets with more than one regional sports network. "The move is significant because even though it is only for new DIRECTV subscribers and only used in areas where there are multiple local sports channels, it could be seen as a first step toward selling sports channels separately," writes Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Flint.

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