Latest retrans standoff is in Oklahoma Local TV LLC’s KFOR TV NBC Oklahoma City says it is at an deadlock with a cable MSO over retransmission consent and may disappear from the MSO’s programs in the Ada, OK area as of New Year’s Day. The MSO might be customary to RBR TVBR readers. It’s Washington Post Company’s Cable One, whose Joplin, MO system was some of the first to tug broadcast stations in a 2005 battle with Nexstar. RBR TVBR statement: Despite being owned by a company which also owns a TV station group, Cable One has been among the many toughest MSOs for broadcasters to deal with.
Even after six years it can’t seem to come to grips with the financial realities of retrans. More. Congressman channels cable lobby to FCC on retrans Charles F. Bass R NH fired off a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski with regards to retransmission consent that read like speaking points from one of the vital cable institutions. Indeed, the language was nearly exact to identical letters we have seen from other legislators on an analogous topic. RBR TVBR observation: Should broadcaster send similar letters in this topic?”Dear FCC, it’s come to my attention that basic cable services that used to rely on modest subscriber fees to keep up their business are now selling advertisements.
How can you condone this double dip at client price?” More. Big tower MandA deal Crown Castle International introduced a $1 billion deal to acquire NextG Networks Inc. Rather than tall towers, and even smaller cell towers, NextG operates distributed antenna systems DAS the quick transforming into new small cell know-how. DAS is a community of antennas attached by fiber to a communications hub designed to facilitate instant communications amenities for numerous operators. RBR TVBR remark: Towers will proceed to be beneficial real estate as instant demand continues to grow. But technologies like DAS will make it possible to reuse spectrum in the most densely populated areas.
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