Entries by Erica Mitchell

Comcast CFO: NBC’s retransmission growth should match CBS’s trajectory

Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh sees continued growth for retransmission consent revenue at NBCUniversal and thinks the company will follow the same growth trajectory laid out by CBS. Speaking at UBS investors’ conference, Cavanagh said NBC pulled in $850 million in retrans revenues in 2016 and will take in $1.4 billion this year. “And there is […]

Dish, Lilly Strike Retrans Deal

Dish has struck a retrans deal with Lilly Broadcasting, resolving an impasse dating from September. The multiyear deal covers TV stations in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as in Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii. Signals had been restored in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands given the storms there and after FCC […]

Discovery CEO Zaslav tees off on retransmission fees and sports, pushes for entertainment-only bundle

Discovery CEO David Zaslav used his company’s third-quarter earnings call to offer a fairly extended analysis on how broadcast retransmission consent fees, especially for sports, are putting pressure on the U.S. pay TV industry. Zaslav pointed out that the U.S. is the only broadcast television market that has retransmission consent, which he said is quite […]

Dems Seek Own Sinclair Data Dump

Over four dozen Democratic House members have written Sinclair President Chris Ripley asking for answers to over a dozen questions related to the proposed Tribune merger and its impact on the public interest, as well as suggesting the company commit to not raising retrans fees for its newly acquired stations. The letter, which was mailed […]

DIRECTV/AT&T: One Fee Fight Settled; 2 More Continue

AT&T has come to a new carriage agreement with Dispatch Broadcasting, returning two Dispatch-owned stations to the lineups of DIRECTV and U-verse TV after a five-week blackout. Dispatch pulled the two stations — WTHR-TV (NBC affiliate in Indianapolis) and WBNS-TV (CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio) — from the two AT&T-owned TV services on September 6 […]

Knives Are Out for Sinclair-Tribune Deal

PBS NewsHour devoted a segment this week to the merger, saying the merger was raising concerns “because of Sinclair’s policy of combining news with partisan political opinion.” It was clear where PBS was coming from given the headline: “How Sinclair broadcasting puts a partisan tilt on trusted local news,” and from the fact that a […]

After ESPN deal, Connecticut Optimum customers to pay more

In a notification to the Connecticut regulators, Altice stated the changes are the result of “escalating fees charged by sports networks and broadcasters” without singling out by name Disney or its Bristol-based subsidiary ESPN. Hearst Connecticut Media parent Hearst Corp. holds a 20 percent ownership share in the sports giant. Hal Levy, who chairs a […]

ACA Launches “TV Ransom” Campaign Ahead of Retrans Battles

The American Cable Association hopes to bring attention to tactics used by broadcasters in retransmission consent negotiations that it considers objectionable with a PR effort launched Wednesday. The campaign, dubbed “TV Ransom,” will utilize social media, op-eds and media outreach to get out in front of the myriad operator-broadcaster disputes, potential blackouts and result rate […]

ACA Launches Retrans Campaign Blaming Broadcasters

Hurricane season may be—thankfully—winding down, but retrans renewal season is just around the corner and the American Cable Association is referencing both in launching a new “TV Ransom” national campaign to put the blame squarely on broadcasters for TV station blackouts and escalating fees. “Across the country hundreds of local cable operators are beginning to […]

Retrans: ‘Anti-Competitive,’ Regressive

The Cable Act of 1992 was a mixed bag. Its program access provision gave satellite TV a big boost by giving operators the ability to distribute the most popular cable networks. But the retrans provision have proved to be anticompetitive and “a complete, absolute disaster for consumers.” This Thursday will mark the 25th anniversary of […]