Cable considers Aereo blueprint for escaping retransmission fees?

DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) are considering capturing free broadcast-TV signals so as to avoid paying billions of dollars in retransmission fees, according to a Bloomberg news service report.

If Aereo, the controversial OTT service which charges $8 a month for online access to broadcast TV, wins its court battle with CBS Corp. (CBS) and other media companies, Bloomberg reports, cable companies could and would consider utilising the same approach to bypass the fees, expected to double to $6.1 billion in 2018 from $3.01 billion this year.

“It is intellectually and legally inconsistent to saddle the cable industry with billions of dollars each year of broadcast retransmission fees,” Bloomberg quotes Leo Hindery, managing partner of New York-based private equity fund InterMedia Partners, “while allowing a similarly for-profit company to pluck broadcast signals out of the air and sell them without paying any such fees. The cable companies are fully entitled to do everything in their power to stop this travesty.”

Go here for the full story

We welcome reader discussion and request that you please comment using an authentic name. Comments will appear on the live site as soon as they are approved by the moderator (within 24 hours). Spam, promotional and derogatory comments will not be approved

Post your comment

Facebook, Instagram and Sky case study: Game of Thrones

BT at IBC: 'unlocking the power of fibre IPTV'

IP&TV News tries out 4G Broadcast at the FA Cup Final

Thomas Riedl: “Google TV has evolved into Android TV”

Tesco and blinkbox: what went wrong?

Reed Hastings and 2030: is he right?