Turner Sports said Tuesday that TBS will begin running the NCAA Final Four men's national semifinal basketball games next year, and that in 2016 TBS will carry the NCAA national championship game, which has aired on CBS since 1982.
When cable networks and distributors fail to agree on terms for a new contract, it often comes down to who can endure the most pain from a blackout that could leave subscribers without their favorite shows. Using the threat of a blackout has become a key negotiating tactic for both programmers and distributors, and PR strategy is now as essential as a skilled affiliate sales team.
TV station group owners Gannett and Media General both reported gains of more than 50 percent in retransmission-consent fees collected from cable operators and satellite TV providers in the first quarter, which helped the broadcasters offset decreased advertising revenue.
Mediacom CEO Rocco Commisso heavily criticized two outgoing FCC commissioners in a letter he sent leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday, calling the commission's decision to stay on the sidelines during disputes between cable operators and broadcasters "unconscionable."
CBS Corp. has had exploratory talks with cable operators involving the idea of moving flagship station WCBS-TV and other stations in the New York area to a cable-only distribution model, President Les Moonves told The New York Times .
AT&T and Dish Network have explored the potential of using Aereo's controversial Internet video platform to deliver signals from local TV stations to subscribers, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
American Cable Association President & CEO Matt Polka says that he expects some of his member cable companies will exit the pay TV business, and focus on selling broadband Internet access to subscribers turning to Internet video for home entertainment. In an interview with FierceCable , Polka details ACA's views on issues like usage-based broadband, lobbying efforts, and its unique partnership with Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, Verizon and other cable rivals pushing for retransmission-consent reform.
DirecTV and Sinclair Broadcast Group said late Thursday that they signed a short-term extension on their retransmission-consent agreement, which prevented Sinclair from pulling 87 stations in 47 markets from the satellite TV provider.
Comcast expects that it will generate $200 million in retransmission-consent fees from its NBC stations this year--an increase of about 400 percent compared to the fees it collected from cable operators and satellite TV providers in 2012, CFO Michael Angelakis said Tuesday.
DirecTV lost the feed for ABC affiliates in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday, after its retransmission-consent deal with station owner Vision Alaska expired.