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Broadcast retransmission consent fees heat up, so does debate [update]

July 7, 2015 9:21 am

It doesn’t take much to trigger another round of debate over broadcast retransmission consent fees. New estimates from SNL Kagan project broadcast retransmission consent fees will increase to $10.3 billion by 2021, up from $6.2 Billion this year. “The average $1.53 retrans fee that [...]

Small TV group asks FCC for help against DirecTV on retransmission

June 15, 2015 4:24 pm

The Brady group, an operator of TV stations in seven small to medium markets such as Spokane, Wash., and Yuma, Ariz., has asked the Federal Communications Commission for ’emergency” relief, claiming DirecTV is not negotiating in good faith over a new retransmission contract. [...]

Les Moonves’ comment stirs retrans debate

May 28, 2015 10:44 am

CBS president and CEO Les Moonves speaks with a lot of swagger about the media business, but this time, he may have stepped in it. In talking up the network’s programming and the opportunity CBS has to make more money from over-the-top opportunities, Moonves tossed out a statement that [...]

FCC’s Wheeler to cable biz: You’re a utility, get used to it

May 6, 2015 12:23 pm

Federal Communications Commissions chairman Tom Wheeler told the cable and broadband business how they had disrupted and ushered in “a more vibrant Internet ecosystem.” And then he proceeded to tell the audience why they now had to be regulated as utilities. Wheeler had a tough assignment [...]

Should over-the-top be regulated as a cable service?

April 14, 2015 6:11 am

You don’t see the expected programmers versus distributors divide in the emerging debate over the whether the FCC should regulate linear online video just as it does cable and satellite TV. During a Monday afternoon session at the NAB Show, broadcasters were split, online services were split and [...]

FCC to re-jigger local TV market definitions for sat TV carriage

March 26, 2015 1:22 pm

The Federal Communications Commission wants to redefine local television market boundaries for satellite TV carriage in order to give satellite subscribers access to in-state news and other programming that they currently are can’t receive over the bird. The proposed rule, passed Thursday in [...]
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