Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Never Ending Saga - Content And Cable Distribution Clash Again

Just as the Time Warner Cable and Hearst broadcast agreement has settled comes word that a next fight is brewing.  This time it is between Time Warner Cable and Meredith Broadcast networks.  "On Wednesday the cable company could lose the CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Kansas City, an NBC station in Nashville, and a CBS outlet in Springfield, Mass. if the companies don’t resolve their contract dispute."  And if it follows the same script, the stations will go dark for a period of time, negative advertising will emerge, websites will arise to send nasty messages to each party, and ultimately an agreement will be reached.  Unfortunately, we must watch all the nasty stuff first before either party will get to the conclusion; it starts to sound like a bad sitcom.

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