Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas, TV broadcasters: bullies that use their market power to force small and medium-sized cable operators into lopsided deals that hurt consumers.
That’s how American Cable Association members view the owners of broadcast TV stations, according to a new survey on “retransmission consent negotiations with corporate broadcasters” conducted by the Pittsburgh-based lobbying group.
RBR+TVBR OBSERVATION (Full text below, for Members Only): We really didn’t want to cover this story when we first got the heavily biased press release from ACA’s PR people. But, we felt it was important for the broadcast TV industry to feel the mud being flung at them. And, perhaps, they should ask why retrans fees are rising so much?