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Broadcasters Developing Contingency Plans in Case of an Aereo Supreme Court Victory

aereoAlthough Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia has said there is no plan B for the streaming television service in the event of a Supreme Court loss, the Wall Street Journal reports the broadcasters are working on backup plans of their own:

The most radical of the contingency plans is the recent suggestion from CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves that the company could offer its own Internet service if Aereo wins. Mr. Moonves hasn’t provided details, but a person familiar with the situation said CBS has the ability to launch a service that would stream its programming over the Web simultaneously with its television broadcasts.

CBS would charge a few dollars a month and show ads, the person said. Such a service would also likely offer on-demand programming. It could include Showtime, the CBS-owned premium cable channel, which would increase the subscription fee, the person said. CBS would use technology company Syncbak, in which it owns a minority stake, to power streaming of local TV stations’ signals over the Web, the person said.

Aereo will be the topic of a panel discussion at the TVNewser Show two weeks from today. BIA/Kelsey SVP Mark Fratrik, Internet attorney Tim Bukher and U.S. Law Week’s Tom Taylor will join us to debate the streaming service and break down the legal arguments for both sides. For tickets and more information, click here.

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FOX Tops in Ad Revenue Among Station Groups

TVNewsCheck and BIA/Kelsey have put out a list of the top 30 station groups ranked by the ad revenue taken in during 2012.

While FOX Television Stations ranks number one with a 2012 revenue of $1.8 Billion according to the survey, the big surprise was Sinclair Broadcast Group which landed in the third spot. CBS Television Stations was sandwiched between the two in second with $1.6 Billion in revenue.

Mark Fratrik, BIA/Kelsey VP and chief economist said in the article, “Sinclair has recently acquired many stations, and those acquisitions are reflected in the totals,”

You can see the list of the top ten station groups after the jump or check out the entire list by clicking here. Read more