Are retransmission fees inflating a bubble?

The economics of the TV business aren't anywhere near as abstruse or opaque as the business of mortgage-backed structured finance. But the same sort of cockeyed incentives that inflated housing prices before that bubble burst sometimes seem to be at work in the TV business.…

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OTT becoming more like pay-TV

Netflix has made no secret of its goal of becoming more like HBO by pushing into original series, but BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield detects signs that Netflix's long-term strategy for aping premium cable may go beyond original productions.…

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Get Ready for Even More Retrans Fights in 2011

Some DirecTV and Dish Network subscribers face blackouts of local TV networks after the satellite providers were unable to reach agreements with Northwest Broadcasting and Frontier Radio Management. While the disputes might seem isolated, they are part of a larger struggle brewing between programmers and distributors.…

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