Fox Enters the Retrans Game

By Andrew Gauthier 


Count Fox as another network looking for affiliates to pay it to carry shows such as “American Idol” and “24.”

With station groups receiving retransmission consent payments from distributors, networks are aiming to grab a portion of the cash, arguing that their programming drives those fees. ABC and CBS receive that type of reverse compensation.

On Friday, Mediacom CEO Rocco Commisso said Fox is in the game. Cable operator Mediacom signed a recent deal with Sinclair Broadcasting, where its length was influenced by Fox’s aim to receive the payments, Commisso said on an earnings call. More…