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TV Stations Go On an Unintentional Vacation

Dozens of channels of Tribune Broadcasting have gone dark for 6 million of Charter’s Spectrum TV clients nationwide after the contract between the two events expired at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 2. Content material that folks care about, like NFL playoff video games or essential information, shall be unavailable to prospects till the two events attain a settlement.

There isn’t any approach of telling how long these disputes will become final. Usually, the operators and the networks will come to a settlement inside just a few days or even weeks; however, generally, the fights may be close to everlasting. Dish prospects, for instance, nonetheless cannot entry Univision and HBO after months-lengthy blackouts.

Spectrum Pay-TV prospects in 24 markets won’t have entry to a complete of 33 Tribune stations till the two events can agree on how a lot Charter-owned Spectrum ought to pay Tribune for the rights to distribute its programming. Spectrum says Tribune is not cheap in its calls for increased charges, because it’s higher than double what they pay right now for similar programming.

Tribune says it is provided Spectrum “truthful market charges” for its prime-rated native programming, and “equally truthful charges” for its cable community, WGN America,” however it’s unclear what these charges are. As Axios reported Tuesday, a rise in disputes over carriage charges is inflicting the variety of TV blackouts to skyrocket.

TV networks will argue that the price of programming has elevated as a result of shopper calls for, which is why they should cost extra to have their content material distributed. Pay-TV suppliers will argue that TV firms want to extend these charges to make up for slowed promoting income development.

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