Mediacom Calls Excessive Retrans Demands “Pilfering”
Mediacom attacked not only CBS, but some of the other programmers who have been demanding large retrans fee increases, including ICA Broadcasting, Journal Broadcast Group and Raycom Media.
The MSO also charged the Federal Communications Commission with “unwillingness to protect television viewers,” who end up only two choices – both unacceptable – of blackouts or higher cable prices.
“It is a disturbing trend and absolute proof that our nation’s broadcast television laws are desperately in need of reform.”
The American Television Alliance (ATVA) chimed in, calling CBS’s actions shameful. “Is the FCC really willing to stand by as CBS abuses the free spectrum it received and hijacks the Internet?” the organization challenged.
The hostility between CBS and Time Warner Cable continued, with CEO Les Moonves tweeting a picture of a letter he’d sent to TWC CEO Glenn Britt, accusing Britt of failing to respond directly to CBS during the past week. Moonves said CBS sent Britt a 100-page contract and that Britt has not made a specific counter-offer based on that contract. Moonves did not share the details of the contract with the public, however.