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American Television Alliance: 2013 Sets Record for Retrans Blackouts

Group Puts Tally at 127, Up from 91 in 2012 12/31/2013 8:02 PM Eastern

 

Heading into the final hours of the year, the American Television Alliance said 2013 was a record one for blackouts.

With ongoing broadcast blackouts involving five different providers in 19 different DMAs, American Television Alliance -- whose membership includes DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable-- put the tally at 127 in 2013, up from 91 in 2012, 51 in 2011 and a dozen in 2010.

As of press time on Dec. 31, ATVA’s list of ongoing blackouts includes:

  • Hoak Media vs. Bright House Networks/ABC/Panama City, FL
  • Independent Communications Inc. vs. DISH/Fox/Sioux Falls, SD
  • Citadel Communications vs. DirecTV/ABC/Lincoln, NB; Sarasota, FL; Providence, RI
  • Gormally Broadcasting vs. DirecTV/ ABC, FOX/Springfield, MA
  • Bonten Media Group LLC vs. DISH/ABC, NBC, MNT, CW, TMO/Abilene-Sweetwater, TX; Butte-Bozeman, MT; Chico-Redding, CA; Eureka, CA; Greenville, NC; Missoula, MT; San Angelo, TX; Tri-Cities, TN-VA
  • Esteem Broadcaster vs. DISH/FOX/Chico-Redding, CA; Eureka, CA; Greenville, NC; Tri-Cities, TN-VA
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group vs. Buckeye Cable/NBC/Toledo, OH
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