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October 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Are pay-TV distributors DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications looking to create their own version of Aereo -- the start-up that transmits the over-the-air broadcast television signals to consumers via the Internet? That's what a story from Bloomberg suggests. The motivation is simple enough. If the cable and satellite guys can come up with their own way to distribute broadcast signals to consumers without having to pay broadcasters, it could save them a bundle of money in so-called retransmission consent fees.
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March 6, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to consider tougher rules for local TV stations that would prohibit some of their joint negotiations with cable companies and limit deals between broadcasters to jointly sell advertising and share other services. The proposals Thursday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler came as the agency prepared to start another broad review of its media ownership rules, as required every four years. Wheeler wants to begin the latest review with the tentative conclusion that the FCC should not loosen restrictions on joint ownership of TV stations and newspapers in the same markets.
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August 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Customers have been calling on Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. to resolve their ongoing carriage dispute that has resulted in channels going dark in several markets including Los Angeles and New York. Now politicians are demanding an end to the blackout.   Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who recently won John F. Kerry's Senate seat, on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to step in and restart negotiations. "I believe the public interest would be best served if carriage is restored by the parties at the earliest possible time so that consumers are not long caught in the middle," Markey said in a letter to the commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Aereo founder and Chief Executive Chet Kanojia has a message to the broadcasters trying to shut his service down: Let's be friends. Speaking at the Citi 2014 Global Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Kanojia tried to make the case that Aereo, which distributes the over-the-air signals of local TV stations to consumers via the Internet, is a blessing rather than a threat to big media. "I think Aereo is excellent for broadcasters and will continue to add value to them," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Is Bart Simpson heading to cable? It could happen, warned Chase Carey, the president of News Corp., which owns Fox Broadcasting, home to such popular shows as "The Simpsons," "Glee" and "The Following" as well as National Football League games. Most consumers already pay to get Fox through their pay-TV provider. A cable or satellite company typically pays Fox a fee to carry its signals, and those costs get passed on to their customers. This so-called retransmission consent fee has become a key revenue stream for broadcast networks, which previously made most of their money from selling advertising.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Aereo founder and Chief Executive Chet Kanojia has a message to the broadcasters trying to shut his service down: Let's be friends. Speaking at the Citi 2014 Global Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Kanojia tried to make the case that Aereo, which distributes the over-the-air signals of local TV stations to consumers via the Internet, is a blessing rather than a threat to big media. "I think Aereo is excellent for broadcasters and will continue to add value to them," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
WASHINGTON -- Consumers should get to choose which broadcast networks they want to pay to receive, a senior DirecTV executive told Congress on Wednesday. In testimony to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, DirecTV executive vice president Mike Palkovic said new rules are needed for broadcasters such as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox when it comes to negotiating distribution contracts with pay-TV distributors. "Broadcasting remains governed by antiquated laws designed to favor the broadcaster over the viewing public," Palkovic said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to consider tougher rules for local TV stations that would prohibit some of their joint negotiations with cable companies and limit deals between broadcasters to jointly sell advertising and share other services. The proposals Thursday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler came as the agency prepared to start another broad review of its media ownership rules, as required every four years. Wheeler wants to begin the latest review with the tentative conclusion that the FCC should not loosen restrictions on joint ownership of TV stations and newspapers in the same markets.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Fox TV network, looking for new sources of revenue, is demanding that its affiliates hand over a percentage of the money they receive from local cable operators that retransmit their signals. And if they don't hand over the cash, Fox is threatening to yank the local station's network affiliation and find another outlet in the market. That, in a nutshell, is the situation now unfolding between Fox and local TV stations around the country that carry the network's programming.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Time Warner Inc.'s cable division, fresh from a nasty fight with ABC, has signed an agreement with NBC to carry the network's main feed as well as cable channels CNBC and MSNBC through 2008. The deal announced Wednesday includes coverage of the Olympic Games, for which NBC has exclusive U.S. broadcast rights through 2008. NBC also plans to offer extended coverage of the Olympics on its cable channels beginning with the Sydney Olympics this fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Are pay-TV distributors DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications looking to create their own version of Aereo -- the start-up that transmits the over-the-air broadcast television signals to consumers via the Internet? That's what a story from Bloomberg suggests. The motivation is simple enough. If the cable and satellite guys can come up with their own way to distribute broadcast signals to consumers without having to pay broadcasters, it could save them a bundle of money in so-called retransmission consent fees.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Julie O'Malley has a message for Time Warner Cable and CBS. "Stop being greedy ... and stop holding customers hostage," the Los Angeles resident said after the signal for KCBS-TV Channel 2 went dark Friday. "What is wrong with you people?" O'Malley and more than 3 million people around the country are the collateral damage of a fight over money between two media giants. Besides Los Angeles, where KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV Channel 9 are dark, CBS-owned stations in New York and Dallas also are no longer being carried by Time Warner Cable systems there.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Customers have been calling on Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. to resolve their ongoing carriage dispute that has resulted in channels going dark in several markets including Los Angeles and New York. Now politicians are demanding an end to the blackout.   Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who recently won John F. Kerry's Senate seat, on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to step in and restart negotiations. "I believe the public interest would be best served if carriage is restored by the parties at the earliest possible time so that consumers are not long caught in the middle," Markey said in a letter to the commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
WASHINGTON -- Consumers should get to choose which broadcast networks they want to pay to receive, a senior DirecTV executive told Congress on Wednesday. In testimony to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, DirecTV executive vice president Mike Palkovic said new rules are needed for broadcasters such as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox when it comes to negotiating distribution contracts with pay-TV distributors. "Broadcasting remains governed by antiquated laws designed to favor the broadcaster over the viewing public," Palkovic said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Is Bart Simpson heading to cable? It could happen, warned Chase Carey, the president of News Corp., which owns Fox Broadcasting, home to such popular shows as "The Simpsons," "Glee" and "The Following" as well as National Football League games. Most consumers already pay to get Fox through their pay-TV provider. A cable or satellite company typically pays Fox a fee to carry its signals, and those costs get passed on to their customers. This so-called retransmission consent fee has become a key revenue stream for broadcast networks, which previously made most of their money from selling advertising.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Fox TV network, looking for new sources of revenue, is demanding that its affiliates hand over a percentage of the money they receive from local cable operators that retransmit their signals. And if they don't hand over the cash, Fox is threatening to yank the local station's network affiliation and find another outlet in the market. That, in a nutshell, is the situation now unfolding between Fox and local TV stations around the country that carry the network's programming.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1993 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least 90% of cable operators and broadcast TV stations across the country beat today's deadline for reaching accords on the new retransmission consent law, which allows stations to charge cable operators to carry their signals. Because of last-minute transactions--many of which were completed late Tuesday--the vast majority of cable customers are not expected to suffer any significant channel blackouts or interruptions in service, officials said.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
The Federal Communications Commission approved rules to help satellite and cable television companies reach agreements with TV stations to carry their signals. The law requires that broadcasters enter into "good faith" negotiations with satellite and TV companies, and the FCC rules spell out appropriate action by the broadcasters. The rules are especially important for satellite TV companies such as EchoStar Communications Corp.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2000 | Times Staff and Bloomberg News
Time Warner Inc. agreed to a long-term deal to carry the programming of Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network, ending a dispute that prompted the No. 1 U.S. cable-TV provider to yank ABC for a day early this month. The new agreement was reached in a telephone conversation Wednesday night between Time Warner President Richard Parsons and Disney President Robert Iger, Parsons said in an interview Thursday at Time Warner's annual meeting.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Time Warner Inc.'s cable division, fresh from a nasty fight with ABC, has signed an agreement with NBC to carry the network's main feed as well as cable channels CNBC and MSNBC through 2008. The deal announced Wednesday includes coverage of the Olympic Games, for which NBC has exclusive U.S. broadcast rights through 2008. NBC also plans to offer extended coverage of the Olympics on its cable channels beginning with the Sydney Olympics this fall.
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