Streaming Era Sets Off Battle Over TV Rights

The hope is that the new approach, known as “stacking” episodes, could help build audiences, boosting ratings and ad dollars in an increasingly fragmented and competitive TV landscape. However, studios and talent benefit when reruns of TV shows, such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” are sold for the highest possible amount, and there are fears the networks are jeopardizing that pot of gold. While producers receive per-episode salaries on shows, the potential for big TV riches lies in those “syndication” deals. – Shalini Ramachandran, The Wall Street Journal