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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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  • Comcast program surcharges have spiked by 241% in 3 years, analysis says
    Comcast program surcharges have spiked by 241% in 3 years, analysis says

    Since first initiating customer surcharges in January 2015, Comcast has increased fees for broadcast and sports programming by a combined 241% to $14.50 a month in most markets. "The cost of retransmission imposed by broadcasters continues to increase significantly as do the costs charged by regional sports programmers, and while these fees are increasing they only defray a portion of what we are being charged to be able to carry these channels,” Comcast responded in a statement.

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  • 2017 Sets New Retrans Record
    2017 Sets New Retrans Record

    It looks like 2017 set a new record for retrans blackouts. An analysis by Cablefax and American Television Alliance counted 217 blackouts with more than a week left in the year.

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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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