Comcast has won a reprieve of the FCC’s order for the cable operator to make the Tennis Channel available to more of its subscribers, the LA Times reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today granted Comcast a stay of the FCC’s order. Comcast hopes to overturn the FCC ruling and avoid having to make Tennis Channel available to the same number of subscribers as the Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network, which Comcast owns. FCC rules prohibit cable operators who own programming from discriminating against competitors’ programming. The Tennis Channel expressed confidence the court ultimately will agree with the FCC’s decision. Comcast had begun preparing its cable systems to comply with the FCC’s order but now can mark time until the court rules on the cable giant’s appeal.
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