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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
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Disney’s Cable Subscriber Loss Could Soon Put Netflix on Top

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And Netflix and ESPN aren’t the only companies navigating those opposing trends. Disney’s other cable channels all reported between 4 and 5 million lost subscribers from two years ago. Other major network groups — including NBCUniversal, Viacom and Turner — have also lost customers. – Daniel Holloway, The Wrap
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Cablevision and Viacom settle their lawsuits over channel bundling

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The two TV giants have settled their antitrust lawsuits with promises that they’re making “mutually beneficial business arrangements.” Neither side is saying what those arrangements are, however, and it’s not clear whether or not Cablevision is getting a better deal than what it had in 2012. This ruckus started because Cablevision didn’t like being forced to carry niche Viacom channels to get the big channels it wanted — this whole exercise would be pointless if the company didn’t get either a discount or more control. – Jon Fingas, Engadget
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DirecTV, U-verse Negotiations with Station Groups Stretch Into the Night

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The contract battles over the carriage fees paid for the right to retransmit local stations come at a time of disruption for the players on both sides of the negotiating table. MVPDs are worried about cord cutting and increased competition from subscription streaming services. Broadcasters are dealing with the impact of declining live ratings and heightened competition for local advertising dollars. – Cynthia Littleton, Variety
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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
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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
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Which TV channels profit the most from your cable bill?

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ESPN nets the most cash from cable subscribers every month. Previous reports have indicated that ESPN receives approximately $4 from every cable bill, a rather sizable chunk given the vast number of channels that typically come with even the most basic of cable packages. Following way behind are TNT, Disney, Fox News, and USA Network. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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Opening Day streaming is ‘out’ of the question for baseball fans

MLB announced a deal this week with Dish Network that could lead to in-market streaming — but the satellite pay-TV provider needs to reach separate deals with Fox-owned YES Network and SportsNet New York (SNY). […] or any other regional sports networks, known as RSNs — is not likely as RSNs are trying to win those rights from MLB, a source close to the situation said. […] Fox Sports, which owns 15 of the 30 RSNs that carry MLB games, and Comcast, which owns stakes in six, including SNY, are locked in tense negotiations with baseball over in-market streaming. – Josh Kosman, New York Post
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Turner And HBO Secure Distribution Deals With Dish Network

Turner Broadcasting channels, except for TBS Network and TNT , went dark on Dish for a month beginning in late October as both sides blamed the other for the breakdown in negotiations to extend their carriage deal. Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen gave Turner an ultimatum that if it could not come to terms by the end of November, then Dish might “just make a long-term decision to go a different direction.” He called the loss of the channels– including CNN, Cartoon Network, and truTV — a “non-event” for Dish, specifically noting that channels such as CNN “are not quite the product that they used to be. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood 
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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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