Another month, another retrans fee dispute. This time it’s WPEC parent company Sinclair duking it out with DirecTV over how much the media company should get for its broadcast stations.
According to Deadline, Sinclair is telling DirecTV viewers in Baltimore its station may go dark after February 28 if it can’t come to an agreement with the satellite television provider. Predictably both sides are blaming each other, Sinclair hitns DirecTV aren’t playing ball and DirecTV claims talks are productive but also that Sinclair is demanding “more than twice as much for the same programs that remain available completely free of charge over the air and online.”
The majority of Sinclair’s stations are FOX affiliates, the network that demands its affiliate stations pay them anywhere from $0.25 to $0.50 ($3-$6 yearly) or more per month per pay TV subscriber so naturally those costs are passed down the chain to cable and satellite customers.