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Square Enix Has Disabled Streaming For Left Alive In Japan

According to reports coming out of Japan, […] the developers have cut off all ability to stream the game directly from the PS4. According to a number of streamers, the reasons it’s been done is because reviews of the game have been low ever since the game was released in the country, and rather than showing off what the game looks like and plays like before it gets released in the West, [Square Enix] decided simply to cut off the YouTube option. – Gavin Sheehan, Bleeding Cool » https://ift.tt/2SFcUCX

AT&T And Tegna Avoid Local TV Blackout With New Retransmission Deal

Both sides would have had a big problem if the talks had broken down leaving AT&T customers without Tegna programming. AT&T’s the biggest pay TV distributor with 19.5 million DirecTV customers and 5.9 million with U-verse. But Tegna — the TV station group formally known as Gannett — is the largest independent TV station owner. With outlets reaching about a third of U.S. households, it’s the top non-network owner of NBC and CBS affiliates, and No. 4 for ABC. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood

Hundreds Of Local Channels Go Dark For Millions Of Dish Subscribers In Latest TV Blackout Fight

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Dish Network subscribers may have a hard time getting their local news and weather today along with some of their favorite network programming. A contract dispute between the satellite TV company and one of the biggest network owners in the country has resulted in one of the biggest TV blackouts to date, with 5 million viewers losing access to nearly 130 channels. […] This fight is a little different than those, though. Sinclair Broadcast Group is not a cable network operator, like Turner or Discovery or Scripps. They are, instead, a media conglomerate that owns and operates a huge number of local broadcast stations. They own over 150 TV stations in over 80 media markets, from small and medium cities to big-time markets like Washington, DC. – Kate Cox, The Consumerist

FCC May Finally Act To Ease The Pain Of Stupid Cable TV Content Negotiation Blackouts

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For the consumer, these fights usually go something like this: you’re bombarded with on-screen tickers and ads from both your cable operator and the broadcaster telling you the other guy is being a greedy villain during a contract standoff. After the programming contract expires, content you’re paying for gets blacked out (which you’re of course never given a refund for) by one side or the other in the hopes of pushing negotiations along. After a month or two the two sides then ultimately strike a confidential new programming deal. A few weeks later your cable bill sees a price hike — potentially your second of the year. It’s kind of a lose-lose scenario for consumers, who get used as public relations pinatas (call your cable operator to complain!), lose access to content they’re paying for, and then get accosted with an endless series of rate hikes. – Karl Bode, Techdirt

WTF MLB? Baseball Strikes Out With Its Streaming Policies

[Mike Bates] had to come to grips with a new reality: he was now living in what amounted to a baseball dead zone. As a Minnesota Twins fan in Wisconsin, the only team blacked out to him on his computer or mobile device was the Milwaukee Brewers. Makes sense, no big deal. But thanks to MLB’s arcane system that allows teams to decide which markets fall under their “home television territory” and are therefore prohibited from streaming MLB.TV games, the results often look like the goofy after-effects of political gerrymandering run amok. But the big losers, always, are Iowans. – Erik Malinowski, Rolling Stone

Fox could be the latest to settle an ad-skipping lawsuit with Dish Network

A two-year old Fox Broadcasting Company lawsuit over a Dish Network DVR service that lets its customers skip commercials when streaming recorded television shows may not make it to trial. The two companies told a federal judge in Los Angeles Thursday that they wanted to pause the litigation about a month before the trial was set to begin. In a court filing, Fox and Dish called a resolution of the lawsuit “highly likely” after their resolution Thursday of a fee dispute that had blocked the Fox News and Fox Business channels on the Dish service for more than three weeks. – Tom Huddleston, Jr, Fortune Magazine 
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NBCUniversal & Cable One Reach Carriage Deal; Blackout Averted

“NBCUniversal and Cable ONE are pleased to have reached an agreement for carriage of USA, Syfy, Bravo, E!, Esquire Network, Oxygen, Sprout, Chiller, Cloo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, The Golf Channel, mun2, Telemundo and NBC, and Universal HD. This agreement confirms the value of the entire NBCUniversal portfolio. NBCUniversal looks forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Cable ONE and ensuring that our loyal viewers will always have access to our valuable programming.” – Deadline Hollywood
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Fox Blasts Dish For Stalled Carriage Talks: We’re Offering A Mansion; They Want To Pay For A…

FOX says it did not try to force Dish Network to buy a car along with a house, as Dish suggested last last night when carriage talks failed to reach resolution before the midnight deadline. Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel were pulled from the operator shortly before midnight. – Lisa de Moraes,Deadline Hollywood
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CBS, Dish Reach Carriage Deal After Brief Blackout

CBS and Dish Network on Saturday morning said they reached a multi-year pact for carriage of CBS-owned stations across the U.S. as well as the Eye’s cable networks, coming after CBS pulled its signals Friday night from the satcaster. […] The companies’ announcement did not address whether Dish has OTT rights to CBS programming. According to a source familiar with the deal, CBS will negotiate with Dish in good faith for Internet TV rights if and when the satellite carrier launches an OTT service. Dish has said it plans to launch an OTT service before the end of 2014, having secured deals with Disney/ESPN, Scripps Networks Interactive and A&E Networks. – Todd Spangler,Variety 
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Turner Networks, Including CNN, Return To Dish Network

The companies just made the terse announcement that they have “mutually decided to restore service of CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies: TCM, HLN, CNN en Español and Boomerang, and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT” — but will have no “further comment.” That leaves unanswered the question of whether they have a deal yet. Also unknown is whether Turner’s channels will join Disney, Scripps Networks Interactive, and A&E on Dish’s streaming video service, which Chairman Charlie Ergen says he expects to launch before year end. […] Turner said it was mystified and disappointed by Ergen’s attacks “particularly given the fact that Dish agreed to our rates and carriage proposals” and the programmer was “supportive of the Dish OTT effort and had found common ground on the major issues there. While there were clearly deal points to get done, they were not the type you would usually go dark over.” – David Lieberman,Deadline Hollywood 
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