The Impact of Retransmission Fees for Independent Broadcasters

by Glenn Hower | Apr. 8, 2014

It is apparent that broadcasters realize they have a lot to lose in the event of a retransmission overhaul resulting from the Aereo case. Allowing Aereo to present content and provide the means to digitally record content without compensation could provide pay-TV operators a compelling argument to avoid retransmission fees. While this could damage the financial situation for entertainment companies that own and operate local stations, loss of retransmission fees would be dire for independent broadcasters that rely on those fees as a substantial chunk of compensation. 



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