FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called an emergency meeting of the agency's Media Bureau, following the blackout of 129 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets on Dish Network.
CBS is on track to receive by 2020 more than $2 billion a year from broadcast retransmission licensing fees from pay-TV operators, as well as "reverse compensation" fees from broadcast stations for the rights to air its programming. CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves disclosed the figures during the programmer's second quarter earnings call with media analysts.
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.
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.