Many retransmission consent agreements between broadcast TV stations and cable operators expire at the end of 2017. And it will come a shock to no one that broadcasters are going to continue ratcheting up their fees moving forward.
In fact, in an article in Multichannel News, CBS even boasts a bit about their big plans.
CBS said it expects to grow retransmission consent revenue by 25% in 2017, adding that it is on track to delivering $2.5 billion in retrans revenue by 2020. -- Multichannel News
With most TV stations already charging more than $2 per sub/month for their signals, assuming that the other networks follow suit, we could be seeing overall retranmission fees for small operators increase by $2 or month or more come January 2018. And if an operator carries network affiliates from multiple DMA's (a common practice), those increases could be even higher.
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