Patrick Gottsch, the founder and chairman of RFD, disagreed.
told the committee that the decision cost RFD
roughly 470,000 viewers, about 40 percent of its Comcast customers, in markets where the station's viewership ranked in the top 25 percent of all cable networks.
Since it was dropped, RFD
has not been added to Comcast offerings in any area served by the company, he
"Because there is no clear business reason to understand Comcast's
decision, we can only speculate that RFD-TV has become competitive with Comcast's affiliated programming," Mr. Gottsch
told members of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.