Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, NBCUniversal and CBS have all seen gains from ad growth and carriage fee negotiations, according to a THR analysis of data from the first three quarters of 2013.

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Two separate pieces of legislation were introduced in Congress on 12/12/13 that would upend retransmission consent after consumers have found broadcast channels blacked out over extended periods.

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DISH Network has appealed to the FCC to “immediately require Media General to negotiate in good faith to resolve a blackout that began Oct. 1.”

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Earlier this year, Cablevision Systems Corp. sued Viacom over its bundling of networks. Viacom, Cablevision charged, “effectively forces Cablevision’s customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want.” Recently, Cable One tried to unbundle Turner Networks, but Turner said ‘no,’ took their 9 channels and went dark.

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The question isn’t if there will be another dispute like the one between CBS and Time Warner, but when. Dish Network and the NFL could be next in line.

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When retransmission consent was conceived, the entire focus was on ensuring the health of local news and information, not on national programming such as sports and entertainment.

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The American Television Alliance, an industry group … said in a statement on Monday that it was “disappointed that the FCC chose not to use its authority to protect consumers.”

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Here’s the wrinkle in this most recent fight. CBS is blacking out access to CBS.com for Time Warner Cable broadband customers nationwide — even those outside the affected markets and even those who are not cable television subscribers!

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As the retransmission consent battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS rages on, consumer perception of the broadcaster has plummeted, according to brand perception research company YouGov BrandIndex.

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Mediacom Communications tossed its support behind distributors in the ongoing retransmission-consent battles that are raging, encouraged pay-TV consumers to hold fast with their providers and asked them to contact Congress to amend America’s “outdated broadcast television laws.”

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