It's not just about Aereo. In its nebulous June 25 ruling against the streaming video company, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to kick the door wide open for Internet-based distributors to deem themselves cable operators under copyright law.
Looking for a path forward after a devastating defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court, controversial streaming service Aereo has asked a Manhattan federal court to classify it as a cable company and make it eligible for the same statutory license pay TV providers pay for in providing retransmission of broadcast signals to subscribers.
With broadcasters hemorrhaging ratings points and advertising dollars not only to cable but to the Internet, and cord cutting recently deemed by the tech press to be a "real thing," do these guys know what time it is?
Officials for Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cable One say they have reached a temporary licensing agreement with NBCUniversal to keep the NBC Sports Network on its program guide for the next six months.
Continuing an ongoing rhetorical battle to shape retransmission consent policy, Suddenlink Communications chairman and CEO Jerry Kent has suggested that both pay TV operators and broadcasters make their pricing practices transparent to regulators.
Updated: With the U.S. Supreme Court set to make a fateful decision on their ongoing battle over content rights, SVOD service Aereo and the broadcast networks are reportedly both considering their options in the event the ruling doesn't go their way.
The letter-to-Congress battle between broadcasters and pay-TV operators over retransmission policy continued Friday when Mediacom executive Thomas Larsen sent a letter to House and Senate leaders, blaming price hikes in the pay-TV industry on broadcast retrans fees.
A satellite TV bill approved by the House Energy Commerce Committee would give broadcasters until 2016 to undo joint sales agreements (JSAs) while relaxing some restrictions on satellite providers Dish Network and DirecTV when they try to bring in TV signals from other markets for subscribers who cannot get local stations due to retransmission disputes.
Every player within the TV entertainment space--broadcasters, cable and satellite service providers and consumer groups--has an opinion on retransmission fees. And now it seems that every interest group has formed an organization to front its stance. Most recently, broadcasters formed their own subset, TVFreedom, to seek consumer support in the industry's fight with the American Television Alliance (ATVA), the group representing cable and satellite providers.
The nation's largest TV station owners have a good reason to support—or at least not oppose—a $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.