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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.
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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.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
TCI in New Agreements: Cable giant Tele-Communications Inc. has reached retransmission consent agreements with 14 television broadcasters who operate in some of the biggest markets. They include KCOP in Los Angeles, KBHK in San Francisco and WWOR in New York. Brendan Clouston, chief operating officer of TCI, said the company opposes paying for retransmission rights. The new agreements involve other incentives to broadcasters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $2.25-million fine for a small Houston cable TV operator that transmitted broadcast signals without permission. The company, TV Max Inc., provides cable TV services to multiple dwelling units in Houston. Such companies are known in the industry as Single Master Antenna Television operators. As part of its service it was carrying local broadcast stations, including outlets owned by ABC, Fox and Univision. Typically, SMATV operators provide pay TV to hotels or apartment complexes and usually have a headend at the facility to distribute the signal.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The amount of money broadcast networks are collecting from both pay-TV distributors and their own affiliate stations for their content is growing faster than Wall Street had anticipated. In a new report, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger said CBS is anticipating revenue of $1 billion in 2016 from retransmission consent fees from cable and satellite operators and their own affiliates. CBS had previously said it wouldn't hit that number until 2017. According to Juenger, that figure is based on a subscription fee of $1.22 per-month, per-subscriber from multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Martin Franks, a top media industry lobbyist and key executive at CBS, is retiring this fall. In a memo to staff, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Franks has been the "glue and grease" of the company. Franks will exit CBS at the end of September. Franks, 62, played a key role in several regulatory changes that altered the media landscape, including the elimination of the financial interest and syndication rules which prohibited networks from owning the TV shows they air, and the creation of retransmission consent which gave broadcasters the ability to seek fees from pay-TV operators in return for distribution rights.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $2.25-million fine for a small Houston cable TV operator that transmitted broadcast signals without permission. The company, TV Max Inc., provides cable TV services to multiple dwelling units in Houston. Such companies are known in the industry as Single Master Antenna Television operators. As part of its service it was carrying local broadcast stations, including outlets owned by ABC, Fox and Univision. Typically, SMATV operators provide pay TV to hotels or apartment complexes and usually have a headend at the facility to distribute the signal.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Cablevision Systems Corp. has signed a long-term distribution deal to carry broadcast and cable networks owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal unit. The agreement includes broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo as well as cable channels USA, Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC and NBC Sports Network. Cablevision has more than 3 million subscribers, primarily in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The NBCUniversal accord is Cablevision's third in recent months with a major content supplier. It has also signed agreements with CBS and Walt Disney Co. All the deals were reached without customers losing any signals, which often happens during these negotiations, including when Cablevision and News Corp.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski tried to ease fears Tuesday about the agency's broadband plan and expressed concern about recent battles over carriage fees between broadcasters and cable operators. Speaking at the National Assn. of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, Genachowski said the talk among broadcasters that the FCC was going to appropriate spectrum from them and sell it to telecommunications companies was a myth. The goal of the FCC's broadband plan, he said, is not to "confiscate broadcasters' spectrum and drive broadcasters out of business."
BUSINESS
October 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
KNBC in Cable Dispute: KNBC has begun airing spots saying that subscribers to Century Cable may not receive NBC and KNBC programming starting next week because of an impasse in the retransmission consent agreement between the broadcaster and the cable company. Reed Manville, KNBC's general manager, said he hopes the brief spots will persuade Century Cable subscribers to pressure the company to return to the negotiating table.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Martin Franks, a top media industry lobbyist and key executive at CBS, is retiring this fall. In a memo to staff, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Franks has been the "glue and grease" of the company. Franks will exit CBS at the end of September. Franks, 62, played a key role in several regulatory changes that altered the media landscape, including the elimination of the financial interest and syndication rules which prohibited networks from owning the TV shows they air, and the creation of retransmission consent which gave broadcasters the ability to seek fees from pay-TV operators in return for distribution rights.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Cablevision Systems Corp. has signed a long-term distribution deal to carry broadcast and cable networks owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal unit. The agreement includes broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo as well as cable channels USA, Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC and NBC Sports Network. Cablevision has more than 3 million subscribers, primarily in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The NBCUniversal accord is Cablevision's third in recent months with a major content supplier. It has also signed agreements with CBS and Walt Disney Co. All the deals were reached without customers losing any signals, which often happens during these negotiations, including when Cablevision and News Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The amount of money broadcast networks are collecting from both pay-TV distributors and their own affiliate stations for their content is growing faster than Wall Street had anticipated. In a new report, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger said CBS is anticipating revenue of $1 billion in 2016 from retransmission consent fees from cable and satellite operators and their own affiliates. CBS had previously said it wouldn't hit that number until 2017. According to Juenger, that figure is based on a subscription fee of $1.22 per-month, per-subscriber from multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs)
BUSINESS
April 14, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski tried to ease fears Tuesday about the agency's broadband plan and expressed concern about recent battles over carriage fees between broadcasters and cable operators. Speaking at the National Assn. of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, Genachowski said the talk among broadcasters that the FCC was going to appropriate spectrum from them and sell it to telecommunications companies was a myth. The goal of the FCC's broadband plan, he said, is not to "confiscate broadcasters' spectrum and drive broadcasters out of business."
BUSINESS
July 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
TCI in New Agreements: Cable giant Tele-Communications Inc. has reached retransmission consent agreements with 14 television broadcasters who operate in some of the biggest markets. They include KCOP in Los Angeles, KBHK in San Francisco and WWOR in New York. Brendan Clouston, chief operating officer of TCI, said the company opposes paying for retransmission rights. The new agreements involve other incentives to broadcasters.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Acknowledging that the movie business is "not for the faint of heart," NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke said he'd like to see more animation  and more franchise films out of Universal in the years ahead. "We've had our ups and downs for the last 18 months," Burke said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Investor Conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Among Universal's disappointments this year were "Battleship" and "The Five-Year Engagement. " But "Ted" was a smash and "The Lorax" and "The Bourne Legacy" delivered solid numbers.
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