With a 96.5% boost in retransmission fees (to $80 million), Nexstar posts record revenue of $225 million.

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Dish said the companies had reached an agreement on rates and all other terms for the carriage of the Sinclair local stations, but that Sinclair demanded the satcaster pull its signals anyway.

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An estimated 200,000 DirecTV subscribers scrambled to find ways to watch their favorite NBC shows. Some accused the station of being greedy and allowing negotiation tactics to affect customers. “While we believe KSL should have never taken away the channel in the first place, we asked them to put on last night’s NFL game so that customers wouldn’t be shut out, but KSL refused,” said a DIRECTV spokesman.

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Why are consumers forced to pay for the same broadcast channels that are offered free over the air?

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“CBS continues to bilk billions from TV fans for broadcast signals that are “free” over the air while other areas of its business decline. Meanwhile, local stations are cutting back newsroom budgets and laying off reporters. According to the FCC, 32 percent of local TV stations ‘did not air a single minute of news programming.’

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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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