In a press release, the American Television Alliance, whose members include satellite operators and the American Cable Association, said that broadcasters had “shattered” the record for retrans related blackouts, with more than twice as many (213) as in 2016. “Broadcasters pulled the plug on American consumers a record 213 times last year, blacking out millions of pay TV subscribers across the country,” said ATVA spokesman Trent Duffy. “Broadcaster blackouts roared back in 2017 after the FCC suspended its investigation of abusive broadcast industry tactics. Broadcasters have weaponized TV blackouts, deliberately targeting live sports and other must-see TV to inflict maximum pain on innocent consumers.”
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BROADCASTER ACQUISITION OF LOCAL TV STATIONS INCREASES
* Upon completion of Tribune acquisition.
Note: Counts include stations that are reported in each company’s SEC filing for each year ending Dec. 31, 2017 as being owned, operated or provided with programming and/ or sales and other services. Low-power and satellite stations are excluded.
Source: PEW RESEARCH CENTER, individual media company annual reports, SEC filings and media reports.
BROADCAST RETRANSMISSION FEE REVENUE EXPECTED TO GROW
Source: Nielsen & SNL Kagan
BROADCAST RETRANSMISSION FEES WILL COST U.S. CONSUMERS
Source: SNL Kagan as of June 2016
2017 TV STATION BLACKOUTS
In 2017, there have been 145 blackouts so far, affecting TV viewers in nearly 100 markets, with the longest blackout lasting 64 days.
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