Univision Communications, Inc.

Univision Stations Yanked From Verizon In Another Retrans Dispute

Add Univision Communications to the list of broadcast media companies who have fallen victim to retransmission fee negotiations gone bad with a video services provider in 2017. What's the issue? A Verizon statement issued late Monday claims that Univision is proposing an increase “of more than double what they charge for access to their channels today.”

A TV Network ‘Star’ Relents And Goes ‘Must Carry’ With Comcast

In a significant about-face that could, at least for now, resolve a bitter three-year dispute with Comcast Corp., Burbank-based Liberman Broadcasting has elected for must-carry status for its three Estrella TV stations in the Houston, Denver, and Salt Lake City DMAs. The move means the Spanish-language broadcast network will be back on Comcast systems in the three markets come Jan. 1 after three difficult years for the broadcast media company.

Five-Week Impasse Ends For Dispatch With New AT&T Accord

A bitter squabble over a new retransmission fee agreement that saw two television stations owned by Dispatch Broadcast Group — the Columbus, Ohio-based operation run by the Wolfe family since 1929 — get blacked out on AT&T's DirecTV and U-Verse lineups in Ohio's capital city and in Indiana's biggest market has finally ended.

Viacom Stock Gains On Word Of Charter Truce

Investors seem pleased that Viacom pay-TV channels such as Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central and MTV won't be yanked from Charter Communications Spectrum systems across the U.S. The company's stock finished Monday in positive territory, after losing ground in midday trading.

Wall Street / Trading Floor

A Shaky Tuesday For Radio’s ‘Debt Bomb Duo’

While all eyes are on Entercom Communications and its "transformative" merger with CBS Radio, some analysts and investors have their eye on the two most visible -- and fiscally challenged -- radio broadcasting companies in the U.S. And, it wasn't a great day for either company on Wall Street.

‘Tune In For 30% Upside’ In ‘Transformative’ Entercom Merger

Entercom Communications shareholders on Nov. 15 will vote on the company's Reverse Morris Trust-fueled merger with CBS Radio, and there aren't expected to be any surprises -- the deal will be all but a fait accompli. Some on Wall Street are already excited over what the merger will mean to Entercom, and financial advisory Seeking Alpha is hot on the radio industry pure-play.

Hearst Grabs A Translator For WBAL

Hearst Stations Inc. enjoys a formidable media presence in Charm City. It's now doubled down on its spoken word presence here by acquiring an FM translator for the AM -- the latest effort by a venerable station to bring a little "revitalization" to itself.

A ‘Definitive Guide To Audio’ From An AM/FM Competitor

Pandora has just published the 2018 edition of its annual Definitive Guide to Audio. Our ever-skeptical Editor-in-Chief took a look at some of the highlights, and eagerly agreed to share them with RBR+TVBR readers. Why? It shows that radio is "far from dead," but is full of salacious "findings" that paint AM and FM as a home for AARP members and few who didn't grow up watching ALF in prime-time.

Entercom Shareholders To Vote Nov. 15 On CBS Radio Deal

A special meeting of Entercom Communications shareholders has been set for Nov. 15 in Philadelphia that will likely serve as one of the final steps in Entercom's Reverse Morris Trust-fueled merger with CBS Radio. The company revealed the details in a SEC filing made late Monday.

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Air1 Adds In California’s ‘I.E.’ Region

Educational Media Foundation is at it again: It's purchased yet another FM, and this time it is a silent facility serving a region of inland Southern California sandwiched between Riverside and San Diego. It's our top deal in RBR+TVBR's TRANSACTIONS TODAY for Oct. 17, 2017.

FOX, iHeart Cozy Up With ‘The Four’

The FOX brand and iHeartMedia have such a close relationship, one might wonder why Fox Broadcasting Company doesn't just buy the debt-laden audio entertainment giant. Many of its conservative talk hosts, distributed through iHeart's Premiere Networks and airing across all iHeart News/Talkers, can regularly be seen on FOX News. Now, FOX is teaming with iHeart for a new music competition series that ties the broadcast TV network to its music stations.

Should Broadcast TV Pay Close Attention To Pluto TV?

The OTT space is mushrooming, but not without notice from some big global entities. That's why broadcast TV station owners and program distributors may wish to monitor what becomes of Pluto TV. The OTT just received millions in funding from Samsung.

Univision Adds In Austin

One of the nation's largest media companies serving Hispanic consumers has added a UHF property set to shift channels as part of the FCC's post-Incentive Auction repack process. It's in Texas' state capital, where this company enjoys already owns two TV stations — along with a pair of FMs.

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New York DAX Exchange: Global Grabs AudioHQ

In Great Britain, media and entertainment group Global is known for such iconic radio brands as LBC, Heart, Capital FM, Smooth FM, Radio X, Gold and Classic FM. As of today, in the U.S., Global will be known as the company expanding its digital audio sales platform Digital Audio Exchange (DAX) with the acquisition of New York-based AudioHQ.
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Bong! A Big Bell Rings At Cable TV

It's another big week for QSRs at cable TV. While Burger King fell to No. 4 from No. 2, a competitor zoomed from No. 16 to No. 5 in the latest Media Monitors Cable Spot Ten report. What other brands are actively using spot cable? Click here now to get the answers!
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Texas Media To Rep. Brady: Keep Ad Tax Deductibility

Fourteen Houston-area broadcast media leaders and Texas Association of Broadcasters President Oscar Rodriguez have sent a letter to Republican Congressman Kevin Brady — who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee — asking that any tax reform proposal introduced in the lower body of Congress preserve the ability of businesses to annually deduct the full cost of advertising in the year it is incurred.

No Multilingual Emergency Alerts Required For Broadcasters, For Now

The FCC has notched a victory against two multicultural advocacy groups in a District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds the Commission's belief that it is not required to mandate multilingual emergency alerts for all broadcast media stations. 

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Internet and digital news for the broadcasting industry.

How Technology Can Make You, And Your Clients, Happy

Trying to understand the best way to invest in your media dollars is what every advertiser still wants to know, and involves highly valuable insight. "Which ad resonated the best?" "Which station performed better?" "Was there a lift in demographic sales?" Understanding all of these touch points is what media attribution and data analytics can provide, and RBR+TVBR is pleased to be the delivery vehicle to the broadcast media industry.

Triveni Digital Adds SLA Verification Feature to StreamScope RM-50

Triveni Digital is ready to unveil a new Service-Level Agreement (SLA) verification feature for its StreamScope RM-50 monitoring system and will do so this week at NAB Show New York. The StreamScope RM-50 remote transport stream monitor is designed to allow broadcasters participating in a channel-sharing agreement to successfully verify SLAs.

A First For U.S. Television: A Series In The ‘4DX’ Format

That Mexican form of wrestling known as Lucha Libre is going to look a whole lot different — and immersive — Tuesday evening, thanks to its screening in a whole new format from a 4D cinema company that's working with El Rey Network.