Muscatine Power and Water, a local utility and digital cable TV provider in Iowa, has decided it would rather switch off than fight when it comes to the newly negotiated program carriage agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom. Multiple NTSC members, including one of the largest, Cable One, have also rejected the agreement.
LAS VEGAS--The broadcast industry has reached an "inflection point" where broadcast licensees, such as online video providers like Netflix, "can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told NAB Show attendees at a keynote here. And he warned that the industry needs to pivot or risk being overtaken by companies that are taking advantage of the changing technology landscape.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- During an ACA Summit session here Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler downplayed the Commission's recent decision to prohibit broadcasters from coordinating on retransmission-consent deals, calling the move to level the negotiating sessions between broadcasters and pay TV distributors "self evident."
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Aereo Founder/CEO Chet Kanojia sounded highly confident in his Supreme Court case and boldly pledged to spend the year after the court case expanding his 110-person company and supplying low-cost technology to the nearly 1,000-member companies of the American Cable Association (ACA).
Viacom said late Tuesday that it signed a new contract with the National Cable Television Cooperative. But the company said that Cable One, which is one of NCTC's largest members, refused to agree to terms of a deal that would allow it to restore several of its MTV Networks subsidiary's channels.
Cable One dropped 15 cable networks owned by Viacom's MTV Networks after its carriage deal expired at midnight.
The top four TV stations in local markets can no longer team up to negotiate joint retransmission-consent deals with cable operators and satellite TV providers, the FCC said in an order released Monday.
Small and mid-sized pay TV distributors represented by the American Cable Association are going to bat for Aereo, which is defending a petition filed by major broadcasters at the U.S. Supreme Court aimed at shuttering its local TV platform.
With Cable One's distribution agreement with Viacom set to expire at midnight, the MSO said it has lined up some replacement networks in the event that it loses Comedy Central, MTV, BET and other networks owned by the media giant.
LIN Media said late Friday that it signed a retransmission-consent deal with Cox Communications, minutes before its contract was set to expire.