Illinois-based Quincy Newspapers has blocked DirecTV from carrying broadcast stations covering 10 Midwestern markets, with the two sides unable to reach agreement on retransmission fee renewals.
An organization representing local network affiliates and other broadcasters took umbrage at claims that their members are responsible for spiraling cable TV bills.
Suddenlink is the latest pay-TV operator to raise consumer prices, notifying customers last week that they'll pay additional fees for sports programming, broadcast retransmission and broadband service.
As media news stories go, licensing renewal battles between pay-TV operators and programmers always produce provocative quotes. But it can be difficult to parse out the truth of who is really being unreasonable in carriage negotiations. Get the backstory on five of 2015's biggest upcoming retransmission deals before the blackouts start.
Citigroup Research analyst Jason Bazinet cratered Viacom's share price last month when he suggested that the media conglomerate's upcoming carriage talks with Dish Network could go south in a hurry.
While everyone from Democratic Party operatives to TV critics to casual fans mourn the pending departure of Jon Stewart from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, the channel's parent company, Viacom, must now figure out a way to move forward without a key asset.
Spanish-language broadcaster Estrella TV took its retrans battle with Comcast to Congress last week, petitioning select House representatives to help it avoid pulling channels in Houston, Denver and Salt Lake City from the No. 1 cable service on Feb. 19.
DirecTV has reached a broadcast retrans renewal agreement with Cordillera Communications, restoring 10 network affiliates to its service after a 10-day blackout.
Using an unclear method of data science, 21 st Century Fox says that Dish Network has lost 90,000 customers since it removed Fox News from the satellite operator's program guide.
Hedging against a protracted carriage battle with Fox News, Dish Network has signed an agreement to carry Glenn Beck's indie conservative channel TheBlaze.