A week after facing down Sinclair Broadcast Group in a heated retransmission negotiation that involved the blackout of 129 stations, Dish Network was sued by a single CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. for allegedly coming up short on retransmission payments.
Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.
Dish Network said it has reached another short-term broadcast retransmission extension with Sinclair Broadcast Group, halting a 24-hour blackout of 129 Sinclair TV stations on Dish's satellite pay-TV service.
The dynamics of cable carriage and broadcast retransmission negotiations differ. But in blacking out its 129 broadcast affiliate stations on the program guides of around 5 million Dish Network customers this week, Sinclair might have been thinking it found a late-summer scheduling sweet spot to dig its heels in-- not yet pre-empting into any serious viewing events, but cutting it close enough to get Dish's attention.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called an emergency meeting of the agency's Media Bureau, following the blackout of 129 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets on Dish Network.
Michael Hawkey, who has headed EchoStar's Sling Media unit and its Slingbox product line for the past two years, is leaving the company to join Rovi Corp.
The NAB is accusing pay-TV operators, specifically naming Dish Network, DirecTV and Mediacom, of manufacturing retransmission-related disputes with broadcasters in order to influence regulatory decision-making.
Dish Network continues to grapple with technical challenges as it tries to live-stream popular programming events through its Sling TV service.
With declining advertising rates and market share, Wall Street analysts are lowering their outlooks on Viacom on worries that the programmer will suffer the brunt of the cord-cutting trend due to its relatively young viewership and lack of sports programming. And it is exactly those issues that are sparking concerns that other MVPDs will join Suddenlink and Cable One in dropping Viacom's channel lineup altogether.
A Wisconsin TV station owner is taking aim at Dish Network in the satellite TV provider's ongoing retransmission battle with Sinclair Broadcast Group, arguing that Dish Network is using the same negotiating tactics that it is complaining about Sinclair using.