Showbiz Sandbox 204: The Argument Over Broadcast Retransmission Consent Fees
September 9, 2013
After a programming blackout that lasted more than month Time Warner Cable came to an agreement with CBS over retransmission consent fees. Unless the 20-year-old retransmission consent legislation is revised or updated, the number of network blackouts will continue to increase. Unfortunately the real losers in all such disputes are consumers.
The Time Warner Cable-CBS deal was reached just as the new television season is about to begin. We’ll review some new series that have potential and are worth catching, as well as a few you might want to avoid.
Meanwhile, the book publishing industry was in the news last week with Amazon announcing plans to bundle e-books with the sale of traditional print copies, and a new startup hoping you’ll stop buying books altogether and simply rent them.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including declining attendance on Broadway over the summer, Bruno Mars heads to the Super Bowl and a major personnel change at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Vin Diesel’s ‘Riddick’ Opens No. 1 With $18.7 Million
Bold Play by CBS Fortifies Broadcasters
Will Time Warner Cable’s Failed Battle With CBS Change Anything? Understanding Our Reversal on Retrans Issue
The Disequilibrium of Power: How Retransmission Consent Went So Wrong & How to Fix It
Cord-Cutting Reality: Pay-TV Industry Loses 217,000 Subscribers
Broadway Grosses For Week of September 8, 2013
Tokyo Chosen As Host City For 2020 Summer Olympics
Summer Attendance Falls on Broadway, but High Prices Lift Sales Totals
Paramount Picks Four Chinese Actors for ‘Transformers 4’ Roles via Reality Show
Motion Picture Academy COO Ric Robertson Steps Down
Ric Robertson’s Academy Exit Represents Changing of Guard
Amazon Offers Readers Kindle Editions of Purchased Print Books for $2.99 or Less
Encouraging Readers To Sell Their Physical Books?
Oyster Launches Spotify for E-Books
Unlimited E-Books For Less Than $10 A Month