In a statement, the MSO noted that Media General and its predecessor companies, LIN Media and Young Broadcasting, have blacked out more than 75 stations since 2008. “Media General is holding the Major League Baseball All Star Game and dozens of other favorite shows for ransom in a naked ploy to get consumers to pay higher TV fees,” noted the cable-backed American TV Alliance.

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Revenues from affiliate fees for many U.S. TV networks groups — now greater than advertising revenues — will continue to rise at a faster rate than advertising dollars in the coming years.

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Network affiliates … could soon spike their bounties to as much as $6 per subscriber, according to the CEO of broadcast station owner Bonten Media Group. For cable, satellite and IPTV operators, it’s a lot of coin, especially when you consider they paid nothing for broadcast signals as recently as five years ago.

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Are you ready for some football? You are paying for it regardless.

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Per-subscriber fees for sports networks keep going up: ESPN, the granddaddy of them all, passed the $5-a-month mark last year.

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Sports leagues will generate more than $17 billion in revenue selling rights to TV networks and other media companies by 2017, according to a new study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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Journal Communications announced an 8% increase in third-quarter revenue, driven by a 22% increase in television revenue​…Steve Smith, chairman and CEO,​ said the increase was due to “continued growth in retransmission revenue,” which was $9.6 million…

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WBOC and FOX 21, the Delmarva CBS and FOX affiliates, recently announced that despite prolonged negotiations, it appears that DISH will no longer carry the stations past the end of its current contract.

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DIRECTV said this in a statement, “…WBOC’s owner Draper Holdings is denying DIRECTV permission to provide its stations unless DIRECTV first commits people to pay nearly seven times more to receive the same shows others keep getting both off-air and online for free.”

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NBC-affiliate KVLY and CBS-affiliate KXJB could be dropped because Cable One has been “unable to reach a fair deal with Gray Television,” which owns the two local stations.

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