Local News & Views

This section will keep you informed about events and issues that affect our industry and your TV programming so you can make up your own mind when programming disputes occur.

  • CBS, Time Warner Cable Face June 30 Renewal Deadline 6/5/13  |  Variety
    CBS newly promoted chief operating officer, Joe Lanniello, is faced with the task of asking for higher renewal fees from Time Warner Cable. CBS is going to use the upcoming NFL season as leverage, but it is too early to tell if this upcoming renewal contract will result in a blackout. Read more

  • CBS-Time Warner Stalemate Unlikely to End Soon 8/6/13
    Customers say stop being greedy and holding us hostage. Read more…

  • CBS’ Moonves Responds to Time Warner Cable in Dispute 8/6/13
    CBS says TWC grandstanding in retrans dispute. Read more…

  • Retransmission Fees Key as TV Industry Consolidates 7/14/13
    The debate rages on as more consolidation in TV stations takes place. Read more…

  • Time Warner Cable’s Retrans Disputes Simmer under Extensions 7/12/13
    As the summer heats up, a pair of retransmission-consent disputes involving Time Warner Cable continue to simmer last. Read more…

  • Battle Stations: Tribune Deal Lends Firepower to Retransmission war 7/2/13
    Tribune Co.’s $2.73 billion deal to buy 19 Local TV Holdings stations sets the stage for a major battle over the “retransmission” fees cable and satellite operators pay to carry stations. Read more…

  • DIRECTV Executive Blasts Broadcasters at Congressional Hearing 6/12/13
    In testimony to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, DIRECTV executive vice president Mike Palkovic said new rules are needed for broadcasters such as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox when it comes to negotiating. Read more…

  • Station Retrans Fees Up, But ESPN Still King 6/6/13
    Broadcasters’ retrans fees will continue to rise but because ESPN’s audience is so passionate they are able to stay on top and charge an absurd $5.54 per subscriber. Read more…

  • CBS, Time Warner Cable Face June 30 Renewal Deadline 6/5/13
    CBS newly promoted chief operating officer, Joe Lanniello, is faced with the task of asking for higher renewal fees from Time Warner Cable. CBS is going to use the upcoming NFL season as leverage, but it is too early to tell if this upcoming renewal contract will result in a blackout. Read more…

  • NBC Retrans Revenue Could Top $200M This Year 6/4/13
    Retrans fees are on the rise. With %75 of NBC’s contracts coming up for renewal this year they are expecting to see a tremendous jump from their previous $40M in retrans revenue from 2012. There is also some talk about how Aereo will be affecting other broadcasters. Read more…

  • Is Aereo Actually a Good Thing? 4/17/13
    Although broadcasters are threatened by Aereo it might give them an opportunity to move towards a more “lucrative cable model”. Broadcasters may need to handle the situation differently if they want to come out on top. Read more…

  • Retransmission Consent: Yep, Still Broken 3/27/13
    Retransmission was intended to give broadcasters the choice to let cable and satellite providers carry their station. Instead it has resulted in increasing prices for providers and their customers. Read more…

  • New York Post: Move the Chain$ 12/13/12
    TV sports contracts are driving up the costs for distributers as well as their customers. Until sports channels are offered separately new subscribers can expect to see an additional surcharge for the sports channels. Read more…

  • Sinclair 3Q Revenue Soars 49% to $226.4M 11/1/12
    $27.8 million in political ad money, as well as strong gains in local, national and retrans, account for the increase. Read more…

  • Belo Pays NBC For Carriage Rights 10/31/12
    For station groups, the game is to bring in more in payments from distributors than it sends onto networks. Belo CEO Dunia Shive said that the company has retrans consent deals expiring with four leading distributors by February 2014 and indicated those should bring in revenue increases. Read more…

  • Longest. Blackout. Ever. (Or at least of 2012) 9/27/12
    The 2012 retrans season had no shortage of disputes between providers and networks. Soon to expire contracts cause networks to squeeze their cable and satellite distributers for as much as they can possibly get. In some cases this results in a black out for customers. Read more…