Sinclair bid to be biggest could also make it most hated TV company in America
“A funny thing happened on the way to muscling this thing through: It turns out people don’t like the idea of one local television company having access to 72 percent of American households,” said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress.
GCI says retransmission fee increases demanded by Alaska Fox affiliates amount to ‘robbery’
GCI reports that the owners of the Fox affiliates in Fairbanks and Juneau are demanding 300% increases in rates across multiple TV stations. GCI said the Fox interests implemented their blackout suddenly and unexpectedly earlier in November and have not relented.
“In Alaska that’s not called negotiating, that’s called robbery,” GCI said in a statement.
Frontier And DirecTV Subs See Service Disruptions From Retrans Disputes
Frontier Communications subscribers may have to live without Sinclair Broadcasting stations and the Tennis Channel for a while — maybe a long while. The problem? “We’re so far apart on the price” that Frontier should pay, Faber adds. The cable company had a low rate with Fisher Communications, which owned about 20 stations — including ABC affiliates in Seattle and Portland, OR — until Sinclair bought them in 2013.
Rosenworcel voiced concerns over a merger which would give one company reach into more than 70 million U.S. households. “I’m not alone in my concerns about the concentration that will result from this proposed transaction. I’m not alone in my fear that it will do harm to the time-tested principles of diversity, localism and competition. There is opposition across the political spectrum.”