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Verizon removes Bloomberg TV, refusing to pay carriage fees

“Bloomberg is proposing that we pay for content that they make available to all consumers for free on their website and mobile app,” the company said in its alert to Verizon’s FIOS TV customers about the removal of Bloomberg TV.

Verizon is advising customers to go to Bloomberg’s website and app to watch Bloomberg TV, a Verizon spokeswoman said., January 5, 2018

Tegna Stations Go Dark to Mediacom

"Under federal law, we can't carry a station unless the owner grants us permission to do so," Mediacom said in a press release, adding that Tegna continues to demand a hefty price increase for the stations. "In light of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, we feel these hefty increases are especially uncalled for and unjustified."

Multichannel News:January 4, 2021

Hulu & YouTube TV vs. Sinclair: The Fans Speak Out!

While some subscribers blame their providers for the blackout, a large number, perhaps even a clear majority, see Sinclair as the villain in this TV drama. They note that Sinclair has been unable to reach agreements with several TV services (Sling TV, DISH, Hulu, YouTube TV), which they say suggests the company is asking for too much money to carry its channels.

The TV Answer Man!: December 30, 2020

#GameOver: Regional Sports Networks: NBA, MLB and NHL Need New Media Strategy

Earlier this week, an RSN owner finally admitted publicly what we already knew: the ONLY viable RSN economic model is to force everyone who takes multichannel television to pay an exorbitant price/sub/month to subsidize the TINY minority of fans that want to watch the channel; essentially forcing subscribers to subsidize how much the RSNs have overpaid the teams for media rights.

The proper business model is clearly an a la carte offering similar to the UK where you pay extra for Sky Sports if you are a passionate European football fan or how consumers pay a la carte for HBO today.

Lightshed Partners, February 28, 2020

Ergen: Decision to Drop Fox RSNs One of Simple Math

Dish dropped 16 Fox Sports RSNs in July after then-owner The Walt Disney Co., allegedly asked for exorbitant carriage fees for the channels. Disney sold the RSNs to Sinclair Broadcast Group in August, but the channels have yet to return to the satellite company’s customers.

Multichannel News, February 19, 2020

TV Station Blackouts Are Accelerating: Here's Why

More and more TV station groups are going dark as negotiations between broadcasters and Multichannel Video Program Distributors (cable, satellite and telco operators) are at an impasse when negotiating the cost of retransmission consent fees. TV stations and operators will continue to have contentious negotiations over retrans fees over the next three to five years due to continued consolidation of TV station groups, which provides them with greater scale and therefore more leverage when negotiating retrans dollars.

Forbes, November 12, 2019