Pay TV? You don’t need pay TV. Just ask Sinclair Broadcasting, which is taking part in a five-state “broadcast liberation tour” to remind consumers that they can access dozens of local broadcast TV channels via an advanced digital antenna in high-definition for free.
Sinclair is partnering with TVfreedom.org and Antennas Direct on the tour that includes Little Rock, Ark., Macon, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Asheville, N.C. and Baltimore.
A day after going dark on Dish Network, the Sinclair Broadcast Group and the satcaster appear to be on the path to a new retransmission agreement and have mutually lifted the blackout that left about 5 million Dish customers in 79 markets nationwide without Sinclair channels.
Dish subscribers in 79 markets across the U.S. won’t be watching 129 local Sinclair Broadcasting stations for a while as the latest contentious retransmission battle between an operator and broadcaster has gone public again.
Sinclair stations went dark on Tuesday, as the broadcaster had warned its viewers who use Dish might happen. Sinclair affiliates include a number of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW stations in 36 states.
The retransmission fees that pay-TV operators pay broadcasters is expected to increase to $10.3 billion by 2021, a 63% increase from fees expected to be paid in 2015.
The estimate, provided by SNL Kagan today, shows that TV station owners continue to wield power in negotiations with operators even as more viewers turn to over-the-top and subscription video-on-demand services.
Kagan also upped its projection for 2020, adding $500 million to its earlier $9.3 billion forecast.
Dish Network and CBS Saturday agreed to a multiyear retransmission contract a day after CBS pulled its content, putting the network back on the air for about 4.2 million of Dish’s 14 million subscribers affected by the blackout.
CBS had pulled its programming Friday, affecting Dish subscribers in more than a dozen markets where CBS owned the local affiliate, markets that included New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit, among others.
Dish Networks has gotten an ultimatum from CBS that, essentially says, “put up or shut up.”
The satellite operator and broadcaster are thigh deep in a retransmission dispute that already has gotten a pair of week-long extensions; but CBS is warning the operator that the end is nigh – make that 7 p.m. Thursday for the network to go dark on Dish in 14 markets where CBS owns the stations.
First, the bad news: There still is no long-term deal between CBS and Dish Network in their ongoing retransmission fee talks.
The good news, however, is that the two have agreed to a temporary extension of their exiting contract, the second such extension since the original contract expired Nov. 20.
The deal, announced Tuesday night, is only for five days – just enough to get them through the holiday weekend and back to the negotiating table.
CBS and Dish Network have temporarily averted a blackout on the satellite TV operator’s system, but it’s really too early to call this one a done deal.
Although the two sides have agreed to a short-term extension to a contract that ended Thursday, right now there’s more hope than reality that a permanent agreement is coming soon. The extension reportedly is set to expire Tuesday.
CBS is letting viewers know that it may soon go dark on Dish Network if the two sides can’t agree on a retransmission deal, potentially putting the network’s new Internet TV product into the spotlight.
The blackout could occur as early as Thursday, CBS said, and it would impact viewers of 14 CBS stations owned by the network, most of them major markets.
Think the retransmission battle season was winding down? Think again.
The latest fights pits satellite provider Dish Network against Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting.
Despite two extensions, the two sides say their lengthy negotiations have gone for naught, and most Turner content has been dropped from the sat system.
Gone missing are Boomerang, AdultSwim, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Español, HLN, truTV and Turner Classic Movies.
Aereo – the cloud-based firm whose antenna/DVR technology has caused all sorts of hubbub among broadcasters who claim it violates their copyrights – has been party to lawsuits just about every time it’s rolled out in a new market.
So far, no federal judge has agreed with broadcasters’ positions, and, so far, it’s been allowed to continue to operate.
Broadcasters, meanwhile, have appealed to the Supreme Court, hoping to be granted a reversal.