The Big Four broadcast networks are still more essential to American TV consumers than cable networks like ESPN and Discovery Channel.
Media General has blacked out 16 stations in 14 markets on Mediacom's cable system after failing to come to a broadcast retransmission renewal agreement with the MSO.
Mediacom announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with Granite Broadcasting on a new retransmission licensing contract, ending a blackout of three Midwestern NBC affiliates.
Dispatch Broadcast Group has threatened to pull two of its network affiliates of Dish Network in Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis if a renewal to broadcast re-transmission licensing terms can't be agreed upon.
The blackout of three Midwestern NBC affiliates on a mid-sized cable operator has sparked a nationwide war of words among trade groups representing the cable and TV broadcast industries. The situation highlights the increasing tension between cable operators and TV broadcasting companies as they face growing challenges from Netflix and other over-the-top providers.
TV Everywhere access to live NBC programming has finally arrived, provided you live in a metropolitan area close to one of the conglomerate's owned and operated stations.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell used his annual "State of the League" pre-Super Bowl address to announce that the league is looking to stream a regular season game for the first time. All previous live streams of National Football League games have involved playoffs or the Super Bowl.
When football fans sit down in front of their TV sets on Sunday to watch the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks play in this year's Super Bowl, Level 3 will once again be providing television broadcast video services to the NFL and NBC Sports.
NBC stations in five election "battleground" states have refused to air a two-minute commercial from a conservative political action committee attacking parent conglomerate Comcast for alleged liberal bias.
Comcast plans to punctuate its ongoing TV Everywhere promotion campaign with a blowout Super Bowl Sunday, during which it will stream 11 hours of programming to anyone with a compatible IP device, no pay-TV subscription required.