TDS Subs Urged To Complain About Nexstar

TDS Telecom has complained to the FCC about Nexstar and asked its subs to do the same in an online video. TDS Telecom subs in Indiana and Tennessee lost access to Nexstar stations in Indiana, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah and Nevada on Jan. 1 over what TDS CEO Jim Butman said was an unreasonable demand for an “up to 129%” retransmission consent rate increase.


Tegna, Verizon Reach Multi-Year Carriage Deal

WUSA in Washington, D.C., WVEC in Norfolk, Va., and WGRZ in Buffalo, N.Y., have returned to the Verizon Fios lineup.


Nexstar Wages Retrans Battles On Two Fronts

Nexstar Media Group, currently winding through the approval process for its $6.4 billion purchase of Tribune Media, is fighting retransmission consent battles with two small operators, TDS Telecom and Antietam Broadband, primarily over pricing disputes.


Tegna Stations Go Dark To Verizon Customers

Tegna television stations in three markets — Washington, D.C. (WUSA-CBS), Norfolk, Va. (WVEC-ABC) and Buffalo, N.Y. (WGRZ-NBC) — went dark to Verizon Communications Fios TV customers on Monday at 5 p.m. ET, after the parties failed to reach a retransmission consent agreement.


Tribune And Charter Extend Retrans Deadline

Tribune Media and Charter’s Spectrum cable systems have agreed to extend the deadline for their carriage contract to 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, averting a blackout of 33 TV stations that would have taken effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.


What’s In Store In ‘19? Jessell’s 8-Ball Knows

TVNewsCheck’s prescient editor, Harry Jessell, asks his infallible Magic 8-Ball to reveal how 2019 will unfold for various aspects of the television business, including core advertising, political advertising, retrans, mergers, FCC ownership caps, Big-4 duopolies and ATSC 3.0. He then expounds on the answers since, while all-knowing, the 8-Ball is notoriously terse.


Disney, Verizon Reach New FiOS Carriage Deal

The contract replaces one that expires Monday and comes following Verizon warning its customers last week that they were in danger of losing Disney-owned properties on the service. Disney also ran ads warning of the possible blackout. News of the new agreement did not offer specifics.


Deadline Looms For Tribune-Charter Contract

Tribune Broadcasting television stations in 24 markets across the United States have begun informing Charter Spectrum subscribers that they may lose the local news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment programming provided by the company’s 33 television stations in those markets at 12 a.m. ET Jan. 1, 2019, when the contract between Tribune Broadcasting and Spectrum […]


Disney Warns FiOS Customers Of Blackout

‘Tis the season for cable carriage fights, with Dec. 31 a common expiration date for major deals, and the latest battle is brewing between Disney and Verizon FiOS. The media company has started airing ads aimed at the 4.5 million subscribers to FiOS. The spots carry the message “don’t lose your shows.”

FCC Seeks Comment On Retrans Compromise

No, broadcasters and cable operators have not agreed that either the must-carry/retrans regime is still good law (broadcasters) or an anachronistic thumb on the competitive scale (cable), but the FCC has sought comment on a joint proposal by both those camps for updating how TV stations notify MVPDs of whether they are electing either mandatory carriage (must carry) or will try to negotiate a fee for MVPD carriage of their signals (retransmission consent), with the possibility of losing carriage if they can’t strike a deal.


Tegna Stations Return To Dish Network

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.


TV Blackouts Will Only Get Worse

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.

Altice, Tribune Reach Retrans Agreement

The new multi-year contract covers television stations and cable net WGN America.

Fox Nets Sets Retrans Deal With AT&T

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.

Univision: Dish Subs Could Lose Univision Deportes

TVN’S TV2020

Will Stations’ Retrans Bubble Burst?

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.


WGEM Quincy Signals Returned To Dish

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 Makes Case Against Dish Marketing

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.

NAB Launches Fight Against STELAR Renewal

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.

Fox Reaches Retrans Deal With Altice

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.

Indie Programmers To Hill: Retrans Limits Voices

Independent programmers that have long pushed Washington to take action to improve access to their programming and other programming not tied to big distributors or major studios, have told Congress that the retransmission consent regime is a big impediment to diversity of voices.

Tribune Sets Retrans Deals With Verizon, Others

New carriage contracts with FiOS, Atlantic Broadband and Google Fiber cover more than 3.6 million subscribers.


Retrans Importance Grows As Landscape Shifts

With political advertising about to dwindle after the November elections, and core in an extremely low-growth mode, retransmission consent is seen as a key revenue generator for stations, according to a finance panel at TVB Forward. That could lead to further station purchases by the networks and makes the new revenue-producing abilities of ATSC 3.0 look more attractive.

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Dish Loses KRGV, WRBZ Over Retrans Fees

The Manship-owned ABC affiliates in Harlingen, Texas, and Baton Rouge, La., went dark on the satellite provider on Friday. Manship said it had granted Dish multiple contract extensions in the hopes of coming up with a new deal.


Quincy Pulls WAOW In Dish Retrans Dispute

The owner of ABC affiliate WAOW Wausau, Wis., has blacked out the channel for Dish Network subscribers as part of a fight with the satellite television provider over its monthly rates for local channels.

ACA: Gray-Raycom Would Increase Consolidation

The American Cable Association wants to make sure that Gray is not allowed to raise the retrans fees of stations before spinning them off to other buyers in its purchase of Raycom’s TV stations. That’s according to an ACA filing at the FCC.


Victoria Stations In Retrans Talks With Dish

Victoria Television Group’s local broadcast channels are hanging on by a thread for Dish Network customers. The television group in Victoria, Texas, is negotiating new retrans contracts with Dish for KAVU (ABC), KXTS (CBS) and KMOL (NBC), which ended in mid-July.

TV2020 To Offer Retrans Consent Rev Outlook

Experts from MCTV, BIA Advisory Services, RBC Capital and Brooks Pierce to discuss retransmission consent prospects at the daylong conference in October.

Univision Informs Viewers Of Alternatives To Dish

With Univision Communications’ dispute with Dish Network ending its second week with seemingly no end in sight, the broadcaster has taken to the airwaves and social media to inform its viewers of other ways they can watch its programming, including via cable, telco and its own over-the-top service Univision Now.


Univision Stations Go Dark On Dish

More than 60 Univision O&O station went dark on Dish’s national platforms as the companies battle over a new carriage contract. The Univision-owned stations and cable channels including Univision Deportes and Galavision went dark at 7 p.m. ET Saturday as the previous contract expired. The sides have been negotiating a new pact for weeks. Dish on Friday night declared the talks at an impasse.


Ed Ansin’s Fox Problem; Net Comp Redux

With Fox looking to add stations in NFL markets, Miami is a prime candidate. And that means Ed Ansin’s WSVN there may be in danger of losing its Fox affiliation. If it does, it would be the third time Ansin has lost a major affiliation. ~~~ Also, I’ve been hearing rumors that Fox is once again pushing the idea that it should represent its affiliates in all retrans negotiation. Is it the second coming of network comp or another sign of the heavy hand of the networks?


Can Retrans Keep Up With Rising NFL Costs?

To come even close to covering the $3.3 billion it agreed to pay the NFL for its Thursday primetime package, Fox is going to have to generate more money from retrans and reverse comp. It can do that by acquiring more stations and putting a tighter squeeze on mVPDs and affiliates. But in doing so, it may eventually test the economic and regulatory limits of retrans.


City Of Yuma Demands Refunds From Charter

The city of Yuma, Ariz., has sent a letter to Charter demanding the cable operator provide a credit to subscribers who have been without two Yuma-based stations since Feb. 1 due to a fee fight with their owner, Northwest Broadcasting. The stations affected are: CBS affioiate KSWT and NBC affil KYMA. The stations are two of 11 Northwest-owned network affiliates that have been blacked out in the dispute.


DirecTV Wins KFVE Retrans Fight At FCC

The FCC’s Media Bureau has sided with DirecTV after Hawaiian MyNetworkTV affiliate KFVE complained that the satellite operator didn’t negotiate with it in good faith. MCG Capital and Raycom Media jointly own HITV, which operates KFVE. The station has been off AT&T-owned DirecTV since Oct. 19, 2017, amid stalled retrans talks. DirecTV has argued that there is little demand for the station, and it has refused to pay fees to carry KFVE.


Northwest’s CEO Brady Blasts MSO Spectrum

The head of the station group takes to his stations’ websites to offer his take on the blackouts and  retransmission consent negotiations with the cable carrier (locally Charter) that broke down over the weekend and caused blackouts of 11 Northwest stations in nine markets. He points the finger directly at Spectrum CEO Tom Rutledge.


Charter Loses 11 Network Affils In Fee Fight

Charter has lost 11 local network affiliates in six states on Friday night due to a fee fight with their owner, Northwest Broadcasting. The two sides disagree on who pulled the signals on the stations in California, Arizona, Washington, New York, Oregon and Idaho.


KAZT Phoenix Goes Dark On Dish Network

The Arizona independent says Dish pulled the plug, while the satellite service says the station is at fault.


Dish: Lockwood Blacks Out Super Bowl In TX

Ramping up its retrans-based rhetorical war with regional station group Lockwood Broadcast Group, Dish Network has accused the owner of KTEN Sherman, Texas, of holding the Super Bowl over the heads of its customers in the market.

AT&T, American Spirit (Raycom) End Blackout

AT&T has reached a new carriage deal with American Spirit Media, ending a four-month blackout of the broadcaster’s seven stations on both AT&T’s U-verse and DirecTV services. American Spirit is the duopoly partner of Raycom.


Dish Loses Four Stations In Fee Fight

Four Lockwood Broadcast Group stations are no longer available on the satellite service: KAKE Wichita, Kan. (ABC); WHDF Florance, Ala. (CW); WCWG Lexington, N.C. (CW); and KTEN Ada, Okla. (NBC, ABC, CW).