DirecTV said that it lost the feeds for ABC and Fox affiliates that cover the Springfield, Mass., market, after its retransmission-consent contract with Gormally Broadcasting expired on Sunday.
Pay TV distributors will have to shell out $7.6 billion to local broadcasters to package their stations in basic cable programming packages, SNL Kagan said in a report released Friday.
While LIN TV's contracts with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and other distributors will help it grow retransmission-consent fees to more than $130 million in 2013, CFO Richard Schmaeling said Wednesday that LIN's success in hiking fees could make it tougher for another broadcaster to acquire.
Dish Network filed an FCC complaint against broadcaster Media General on Friday, hoping to force the company to negotiate a deal to end a blackout of its TV stations that began on Oct. 1.
In an attempt to force Aereo to shutter its local TV platform, Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS filed a petition at the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in which they argue copyright laws that have allowed Cablevision to launch its network DVR don't protect Aereo's platform.
TV station group owner News-Press & Gazette Co. warned DirecTV subscribers in several states that they could lose its feeds as early as today if the top satellite provider doesn't sign a new retransmission-consent contract.
Dish Network and ESPN parent Walt Disney Co. said late Monday that they signed short-term contact extension, avoiding--at least temporarily--a blackout of ESPN, ABC stations and several other networks.
Three weeks after ending its 32-day blackout of CBS Corp. owned-and-operated stations and Showtime Networks, Time Warner Cable posted a video it shot with EVP Melinda Witmer which appears to be aimed at keeping its push to reform retransmission-consent rules in the spotlight.
Time Warner Cable said late Friday that it agreed to restore the feeds for CBS and NBC affiliates owned by Journal Broadcast Group in parts of California, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Nebraska.
Cable operators and satellite TV providers could soon see steep increases in retransmission-consent costs if broadcasters are able to generate the type of fees that Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker says they should be getting.