DirecTV and Raycom Media announced a new broadcast retransmission deal Sunday, ending a six-day blackout and enabling viewers in key pro football markets including New Orleans to catch Sunday's opening-season games. Service to 37 TV markets was restored with the agreement.
DirecTV has renewed its broadcast retransmission deal with Dispatch Video, putting it back on the air on Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR and Columbus, Ohio indie WBNS, and ending a four-day blackout.
Broadcasters Raycom Media and Dispatch Video have pulled their channels off DirecTV after failing to come to a retrans agreement with the satellite operator by Aug. 31.
CBS Radio will not run the American Television Alliance's new spot plugging the Senate Commerce Committee's "Local Choice" proposal. The refusal to air the low-budget campaign is not a shocker, given that--should it become law--Local Choice would dispense with broadcast retransmission fees and employ a system of pay-TV compensation that would likely be far less profitable to broadcasters.
Senate Republicans are backing a proposal made by Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and ranking member John Thune (R-S.D.) that would dispense with retransmission consent payments and let pay-TV subscribers individually choose which broadcast channels they want and pay the broadcaster directly for access.
The American Cable Association and the American Television Alliance are taking the spirited communications battle over retransmission rules into the living room of pay-TV subscribers.
The National Cable TV Cooperative has reached a broad carriage renewal deal with The Walt Disney Company which will not only keep the entertainment conglomerate's core linear channels on NCTC program guides, but also add regional sports channels including the SEC Network, as well as TV Everywhere components.
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that renews the compulsory license allowing satellite operators Dish Network and DirecTV to import distant broadcast network TV station signals into markets that don't have a particular network affiliate.
Aereo never reached out to CBS to try to cut a content deal with the programmer, a step that may have altered the course of the startup. "We sell content to cable companies, satellite companies and the telcos and online companies," said CBS CEO Les Moonves. "We were open and willing to talk to them."
Updated: Aereo has released a statement responding to Wednesday's 6-3 ruling, in which the Supreme Court stated that Aereo's antenna-to-DVR-to-consumer service violates broadcasters' copyrights--a loss that could spell the end of the road for the SVOD provider.