Tegna and Dish Network said they reached a multi-year carriage agreement just hours after Tegna’s stations went dark to Dish subscribers Saturday morning. The companies said that the stations’ signals will be restored to the Dish lineup immediately.
Whether you still use a coaxial cable to watch television or have converted to streaming, get used to channel blackouts and general confusion over which TV services carry your favorite programs.
The new multi-year contract covers television stations and cable net WGN America.
AT&T has reached a new multiyear carriage deal with Fox Networks Group. The new pact will continue distribution of Fox programming across AT&T’s video platforms DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-verse. The renewal includes Fox-owned TV stations in 17 cities and the 22 Fox-owned regional sports networks.
Panelists at TV2020 examine various scenarios for the future of this important revenue stream in light of growing competition from OTT services and increasing reverse comp demands from the networks.
Quincy Media’s NBC-Fox affiliate WGEM Quincy, Ill. (DMA 174) are once again being carried on Dish Network after a new retransmission agreement was reached.
Univision has sent a letter to the heads of the FCC and Federal Trade Commission buttressing its case that Dish continued to market the channels that had gone dark on the satellite service. The two are embroiled in a retransmission consent impasse that has resulted in Dish not carrying Univision, UniMas and Galavision since the end of June.
The National Association of Broadcasters is circulating a policy paper on Capitol Hill advocating for not renewing the STELAR law (Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act) when it expires at the end of 2019. STELAR reauthorizes the satellite compulsory distant signal license for five years. But last time around it was also a vehicle for some cable-friendly changes to retrans, including renewing the FCC’s enforcement of good faith retrans negotiations and extending the commission’s prohibition on coordinated retrans negotiations among noncommonly owned TV stations in a market from the top four to all stations.
Nearly a week after their distribution agreement expired, Fox Networks Group and Altice USA have reached a new carriage agreement. The deal includes retransmission consent payments for WNYW New York, and cable networks FS1, FS2, National Geographic Channel and FX.