MediaDailyNews is reporting when it comes to blackouts over carriage fee disputes, it may have to get worse before it gets better.
According to the article, the practice of satellite or cable carriers cutting off viewer access to networks or local stations during disputes or vice-versa has steadily increased since 2010. This year there were 70 blackouts compared to 51 in 2011 and just 12 in 2010. But the article said viewers will see more blackouts before the government steps in.
In a email from TargetCast representatives, the agency says: “We believe that there will have to be significantly more, and longer, blackout periods for Congress and the FCC to take action. For the most part, the system is working, as the majority of the 15,000 [plus] deals are done successfully and quietly behind the scenes, with only 1% becoming public disputes impacting viewers.” Read more