Entries by Erica Mitchell

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 […]

Dish: Lilly Stations off Satellite Service

DISH says that Lilly Broadcasting has pulled its TV station signals from the satellite service, including in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island after the two failed to come to terms on a new carriage contract. Their contract expired at 7 p.m. ET Saturday (Sept. 30). Lilly stations coming off Dish were WSEEP-TV […]

Altice outs Disney’s ‘dark secret’ in TV ad: ‘It owns ESPN!’

September 27, 2017 With their carriage deal set to expire and the two sides seemingly far apart on renewal terms, Altice USA has stayed on the rhetorical offensive against Disney with a new TV ad. “Disney is desperate to make up for ESPN’s crumbling business,” the narration claims. “Their solution: Force Optimum and its customers […]

Broadcasters are doing the blacking out

September 27, 2017 As it fights retrans battles on multiple fronts, AT&T wants to set the record straight on American Spirit Media’s assertion that the operator was the one who blacked out its seven network affiliates on DirecTV and U-verse. “We want to get our customers’ usual local stations back into their DirecTV and U-verse […]

Cable One dispute with North Dakota ABC affiliates moves to blackout

September 11, 2017 Cable One subscribers in North Dakota currently don’t have access to several local ABC affiliates amid a retransmission dispute with station operator Forum Communications. Forum has put statements on the websites of ABC affiliates WDAY-TV in Fargo and WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, informing viewers that its contract with Phoenix, Arizona-based Cable One […]