Thursday, October 16, 2008
Retransmission Fee Battle
The Star's Erica Smith sheds a lot of light on the latest TV retransmission fee battle between Bright House and WISH-TV's LIN TV Corp., which has resulted in the local CBS affiliate not being broadcast over the cable TV provider here in Indianapolis. To hear Bright House explain it in the barrage of TV ads they've been running over their cable franchise the past couple of weeks, LIN is requesting something out of the ordinary in seeking a retransmission fee. Smith's story points out that Comcast, DISH Network, DirectTV and AT&T's U-Verse pay similar fees to local cable TV providers. WRTV conceded to her that it receives a retransmission fee from Bright House. LIN-TV, which is currently receiving nothing from Bright House, is seeking a $2.3 million annual retransmission fee, which amounts to less than one penny per subscriber per day. "Bright House's local president, Buz Nesbit, also has warned that the new fees probably would be passed along to subscribers," Smith writes. You could see that threat coming from a mile away. I've just about had it with these cable TV companies. They have sweetheart franchise agreements with the City of Indianapolis because of all the campaign money they stuff in politicians' pockets, their service sucks and their rates are outrageous. So much for the deregulation bill that lawmakers promised us would make such a difference. Consumers in Indiana have seen absolutely no benefit from that law.