On the evening of December 1, 63 television stations owned by TEGNA were blocked from DirecTV customers, as talks regarding a new retransmission consent agreement between the two companies failed to reach a fresh deal before the prior accord expired. Twenty-four hours later, an even bigger “blackout” transpired, and it involves Dish and Nexstar.
The reason? New retransmission consent agreements couldn’t be finalized in time, and the previous ones expired. It’s an increasingly troubling problem for broadcast TV station owners, and to learn more about the history of retransmission consent and why, perhaps, it is such a contentious matter, former NAB General Counsel and noted Washington, D.C. attorney Jack Goodman spoke with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson for this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.