Cablevision Systems and Broadcasters Face Off on Fees.

written by: Richard Kastelein

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In most of 2010, the usually simple of TV contract negotiations in the United States has erupted into warfare with between TV broadcasters and channel owners against cable-TV and satellite-TV companies that bring programming into homes, via traditionally expensive cable and dish systems. Statistics show that ever-increasing subscription rates are pushing more and more subscribers to flee to IPTV offerings or even OTT.

It's seems the mantra we know as 'cutting the cord' could be having an effect on the negotiations.

Michelle Clancy from RapidTVNews Notes:

The content, particularly content from one of the four national networks, is simply table stakes for a cableco looking to stave off any competition, in any form. But that said, ever-increasing subscription rates are pushing more and more subscribers to flee to IPTV offerings or even OTT.

As we noted earlier this year, Reuters reported on the first-ever subscriber decline for the U.S. TV multichannel industry. Research firm SNL Kagan showed the worst combined subscriber performance of cable, satellite TV and telecom video providers since it started tracking data in the 1980s. 

And News Corp via Fox Broadcasting have decided to play hardball and began running ads last week addressed to the cable TV company's subscribers, saying if a new TV-rights deal isn't signed soon, viewers could lose Fox shows including football games and "Glee." They also launching the website.


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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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