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More TV Carriage Wars Coming

The Dish-Viacom fee war may have been resolved, but Kenneth Ziffren believes that "so-called 'retrans' battles [between TV distributors and programmers' will get more heated rather than subside." Recent history bears this out, he notes: "In fact, according to industry analysts, 46% of publicized agreements this year were struck only after a signal blackout."

Ziffren analyzes various proposed answers to this issue -- from a la carte pricing to abolishing "must carry" rules -- and concludes that "Complex issues do not breed simple solutions."

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