Tribune Broadcasting today responded to Dish Network's call for binding arbitration in the two companies' retransmission negotiations, calling it a "hollow offer, designed to mislead consumers and avoid returning to meaningful negotiation."
Telletopia, a nonprofit formed to convince the FCC and broadcasters to allow it to stream linear broadcast video over the internet, has formed the TV Neutrality Alliance with eight other OTT and smaller broadcast companies. The goal is to create a level playing field in multichannel video programming-- particularly, getting the FCC back on track toward classifying OTT providers as MVPDs.
Calling the carriage dispute between NCTC and AMC Networks a symptom of a "broken" video marketplace, the American Cable Association has collected 228 member signatures on a letter asking the FCC to intervene in the process.
As expected, the FCC's five commissioners voted unanimously to review rules governing retransmission consent negotiations between pay-TV operators and broadcasters.
Dish Network and DirecTV appear to have each separately launched websites aimed at educating their customers about retransmission negotiations and encouraging them not to switch providers due to programming blackouts.
Dish Network continues to negotiate with local TV broadcaster Sinclair Broadcasting over a new retransmission agreement-- the two companies narrowly averted a blackout of Sinclair's local TV station on Dish's satellite-based pay-TV service on Saturday.
The battle between cable operator Mediacom and local TV broadcasters has reached epic levels of rhetoric, with the National Association of Broadcasters issuing a fiery filing with the FCC calling Mediacom's requests "silly" and its customer service "dismal."
Cablevision is asking the FCC to make "robust" changes to decades-old rules that the company argues give broadcasters an increasingly unfair advantage in retransmission consent negotiations.
Granite Communications has blacked out three of its stations on Midwest-situated cable operator Mediacom, with an impasse over broadcast retransmission renewals quickly devolving into the usual fiery rhetoric.
The licensing and retransmission battles between programmers and pay-TV operators have taken on near-legendary status over the past few years, as costs for content continue to rise. From Dish Network's bitter words with Turner Networks to Viacom's tete-a-tete with Suddenlink Communications that saw all its channels pulled off the MSO, carriage negotiations have become nail-biting shows worthy of bringing popcorn along to watch.