Retransmission fees

M6 brings new services to distribution deal with Altice

French commercial broadcaster M6 has struck a distribution deal with SFR that closely mirrors the agreement between the Altice-owned service provider and TF1 struck late last year. Under the terms of the deal between the RTL Group-owned broadcaster and the service provider, SFR will carry generalist channels M6, W9 and 6ter and thematic channels Paris […]

SABC seeks changes to enable retransmission fees

South African public broadcaster SABC has called on the country’s media regulator ICASA to conduct an urgent review of must-carry obligations in a bid to secure retransmission fees for its channels. The broadcaster has called on ICASA to revie regualtions that allow Multichoice and other subscription broadcasters to carry SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 for free. […]

No change to UK PSB retrans fees, despite law amendment

The UK government will repeal a law that says pay TV operators need not pay fees to carry commercial public service channels, but said it expects no change to the status quo. In a consultation document published yesterday, the government confirmed that it will repeal Section 73 of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988, […]

Virgin Media study brands retrans fees a ‘bad idea’

A study by Virgin Media found that 72% of people thought proposals to introduce pay TV retransmission fees to carry ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 would be a “bad idea.” Virgin Media, which stands to pay the fees should the government introduce new legislation, said that after “reading more” 73% of the people it […]

US retrans fees ‘to reach $10 billion’

Retransmission fees for US TV station owners could reach US$10.3 billion annually by 2021, according to new research. This is in comparison with an expected figure for 2015 of US$6.3 billion, SNL Kagan’s industry retransmission fee projects suggests. Retransmission fees, which see cable and satellite platforms pay networks to broadcast their channels, have become a […]

Ofcom keeps door open for UK retransmission fees

Ofcom has left the door open for broadcasters like ITV to potentially charge pay TV operators to carry their channels in the future, in its latest consultation on the future of public service broadcasting (PSB). The UK broadcast regulator’s paper, published yesterday, said that should challenges to the PSB system emerge in the future, retransmission […]

Retransmission fees worth £1.5 billion to ITV

Retransmission fees would add about £1.5 billion (€1.88 billion) to the value of ITV, according to analysts. The UK commercial broadcaster has started a concerted lobbying effort for retransmission fees from the UK’s pay TV platforms – with the pay TV companies lined up in opposition. Channel 4 has also publicly backed ITV’s calls for […]

UK retransmission debate widens, as government looks to cut regulation

UK culture secretary Sajid Javid has pledged to take a “long hard look” at retransmission fees between broadcasters and pay TV operators in an effort to cut government red tape. In his first major appearance as secretary of state for the department of culture, media and sport, Javid told attendees of the RTS conference in […]

ITV’s Crozier unveils plan to push for retransmission fees

ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has said that the company and the wider industry will push for BSkyB to pay US-style retransmission fees to carry the UK commercial channel later this summer, with plans to unveil a study of how retransmission fees could work in the UK in September, but analysts have expressed scepticism about […]

BBC and Sky reach zero retransmission fee agreement

The BBC and Sky have ended a long-running dispute about retransmission fees, agreeing that the public service broadcaster will no longer have to pay to have its services carried on Sky. The agreement will see the BBC’s existing charges to the satellite operator for platform services drop from £4.5 million (€5.5 million) per-year “to zero,” […]