Advertisers and consumers suffer as a result of the impasse on transmission fee carriage negotiations by Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Tennis Channel, plus KOMO-TV (ABC Seattle) and KATU-TV (ABC
Portland, OR) with Frontier Cable.
Barry Faber, Sinclair’s EVP, Distribution Network Relations stated, “We regret our efforts are unlikely to result in us reaching an
agreement with Frontier prior to January 1st.” He further suggested: “There are other video distributor options available.”
However, switching MVPDs can be a long
process for cable/satellite subscribers and condo associations; communities are generally on a long-term contract. No worries, the Australian Open only starts Monday and the French Open May 28 with
many tremendous events in between!
Faber also confirmed: “Other tennis programming (NOT the same as what is on Tennis Channel) is available independent of any such MVPD by
subscribing to Tennis Channel Plus. So OTT is not a proper complete alternative.