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Monopolies, Retransmission Fees, and Screwing Customers

Business & Finance / Venture Capital : A VC

There's been a battle going on between the "broadcast" TV networks and the cable networks over something called "retransmission fees." Cable networks have traditionally paid for "cable network programming" but not "over the air prog...

NBCUniversal Drives Comcast’s Q4 Earnings

Business & Finance / Investing : Great Speculations

The company expects programming expense growth to accelerate to approximately 9%-10% in 2014 driven by several factors including increases in retransmission consent fees, higher sports programming costs and step-ups for recently com...

DirecTV Files FCC Complaint Vs. Tribune

Industries / Entertainment Industry : Deadline Hollywood

The latest spat over broadcast station retransmission fees charged to satellite and cable system operators has taken an interesting turn. DirecTV has filed an FCC complaint that accuses creditors of bankrupt Tribune Co. of taking co...

Local TV stations defeated in FCC rules on joint ad sales, retransmission fee talks

Industries / Media : Media Wire

The Federal Communications Commission handed local TV station owners two big defeats Monday. The FCC made it tougher for TV stations in the same market to sell advertising together. The so-called Joint Sales Agreements, or JSAs, hav...

Did Comcast’s Local Broadcast Retransmission Costs Rise 65% Last Year?

Utilities / Communication : TeleFrieden

Leave to Comcast management to convert a cost of doing business into a profit center. Cable television operators have to negotiate “retransmission fees” with local broadcasters who do not elect the option of compulsory, “must carria...


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