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News for broadcast and electronic media leaders | January 23, 2013

Spotlight on: Retransmission-consent deals
For yet another year, hype over a possible large number of retransmission disruptions never materialized. Instead, broadcasters wrapped up another successful and mostly painless year of retransmission-consent negotiations with a flurry of end-of-the-year deals.

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  Deal Roundup 
  • Mediacom, NBCU set multiplatform carriage deal
    Mediacom Communications and NBCUniversal have reached a long-term carriage agreement. The pact allows Mediacom to feature the Olympics, provide on-demand programming from NBCU's cable and broadcast networks, and carry live content on multiplatform devices used in and out of the home. Mediacom also signed a retrans deal with Sinclair more than a week before the deadline, echoing similar deals the company has "struck over the past several months with Capitol, Citadel, Coronet, Local TV, Media General and Quincy," writes John Eggerton. Multichannel News (12/19), Broadcasting & Cable (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Charter adds several Disney services in broad carriage deal
    Walt Disney Co. and Charter Communications on Dec. 31 announced they agreed to a broad carriage deal that includes retransmission consent for several ABC owned-and-operated stations as well as new services such as the upcoming ABC-Univision joint venture and ESPN-connected online platforms. Multichannel News (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Suddenlink, Fox reach carriage deal before deadline
    Suddenlink Communications and Fox Networks reached a deal prior to a Jan. 3 deadline that covers retransmission consent for Fox's owned-and-operated broadcast networks as well as carriage of Fox's "full portfolio" of cable networks. "We ... are pleased that we could come to terms without any service interruption for Suddenlink customers and our loyal Fox viewers," Fox said in a statement. Multichannel News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 deals avert Service Electric Cablevision blackouts
    Fox and MyNetworkTV stations and several Fox cable networks, as well as ABC outlet WNEP, were preserved on Service Electric Cablevision's lineup in separate deals that prevented blackouts on New Year's Day. Service Electric serves 100,000 subscribers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Multichannel News (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schurz, DISH agreement averts blackout of 9 stations
    Schurz Communications on Dec. 21 announced it had reached a deal with DISH Network just prior to a deadline expiring, allowing for the continued transmission of nine stations in six cities, including a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va., and an NBC affiliate in Augusta, Ga. Multichannel News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy Recap 
  • NAB's Smith: Retrans system is working well
    NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith says in this interview that he doesn't anticipate any legislation in 2013 that would change retransmission-consent laws, as regulators and lawmakers "recognize that broadcasters deserve to be fairly compensated for the most-watched programming on television." And despite some pay-TV providers' attempts to "manufacture a crisis that does not exist ... the evidence shows that virtually all [retrans] agreements are successfully concluded, out of the spotlight, with no disruption of service," Smith added. Radio Business Report (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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