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Retransmission Fees Are Expected to Dramatically Increase

Local TV stations are demanding increasingly higher fees to be included on TV Provider’s line-ups, even though they are still available free over-the-air. National broadcast networks are adding to the burden by demanding a cut of local stations’ fees. If their demands are not met, they pull their signals from their viewers and ask you to complain to your TV Provider, leaving you without your favorite programming until an agreement is reached. And if those fee demands are met, it results in higher prices for you.


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  • Sinclair bid to be biggest could also make it most hated TV company in America
    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.

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  • GCI says retransmission fee increases demanded by Alaska Fox affiliates amount to ‘robbery’
    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.

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  • Frontier And DirecTV Subs See Service Disruptions From Retrans Disputes
    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.

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  • FCC’s Rosenworcel questions Sinclair-Tribune merger
    FCC’s Rosenworcel questions Sinclair-Tribune merger

    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.”

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