Nexstar Is No Match For Sinclair’s Subchannel Count On Mediacom

By | MVPD Metrics Report


Sinclair has only put three COMET subchannels (which it helped to launch) on Mediacom. The remaining 14 Sinclair subchannels are networks that were created by third parties. Sinclair is increasingly focusing on its home ground networks, or acquired networks (like Tennis Channel) so there is a chance that in the future Mediacom’s channel slots may become much more valuable to Sinclair and become an increasingly important part of retransmission talks if Sinclair is ever to get some relief from network reverse compensation models.

Subchannels (Not .1): Channels that are not the primary channel of the TV station(s). On a case by case basis a subchannel may have MVPD subscribers as determined by TV Media listings data and Across Platforms’ research.

Mediacom’s Midwest Systems Depend On Groups With Same Market Focus

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I guess this could be called a tale of two cities. On the one hand you have Sinclair that has an abundance of subchannels on Mediacom while Nexstar is the opposite with just a handful. Perhaps this is an indicator that Nexstar is pushing for a higher retransmission fee and not finding value in subchannel positions on Mediacom. Sinclair has been a leader in owning network television content and increasingly sees its role similar to a Comcast which also owns the distribution pipe while also creating content to send out on everyone else’s pipes. Sinclair is starting to rip a page from Comcast’s business model and we could find Sinclair turning the broadcast model on its head.

Broadcast management group: Company that either owns the television station (all media types) or manages some aspect of the TV station for another owner. Across Platforms also records ownership at the time of a purchase agreement or JSA/LMA agreement and not when the FCC approves of the transaction.

BBC World Missing Carriage From Dish Network

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BBC World News claims to be watched by a weekly audience of 74 million in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. This version is distributed through the BBC’s partnership in the United States through AMC Networks, which owns the ‘minority’ half (49.9%) of partner channel BBC America, with some of the schedule carrying American advertising overlaid over the master BBC World News feed. From Wikipedia.

SD/HD Channels: In some cases depending upon the subscribers package the TV station or network will auto-tune to either the HD or SD feed. In other instances the TV station and/or network will have two channels on the MVPD provider one for SD (noted as SD/HD) and one for HD.

DirecTV And Charter Are Lockwood’s Biggest MVPD Providers

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In the early 1990’s Lockwood Broadcast Group lit up the television airwaves with the low power television station – WPEN. In 1997, Lockwood purchased WAWB, then The WB affiliate from Bell Broadcasting, LLC. changing the call letters to WUPV and its affiliation to UPN. In 1998 KTEN was purchased, an ABC affiliate in Texas/Oklahoma, and quickly became an NBC affiliate with a local news service.  More from Lockwood website…

 MVPD channel: A “channel” is defined as “a portion of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum which is used in a cable system and which is capable of delivering a television channel.

Lockwood’s CW Affiliates Double The Reach Of Its ABC Stations

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After the sale of WUPV, Lockwood’s Richmond, Virginia Operation Headquarters was turned into a Broadcast Operation Service Solution that provides content delivery and back-office function. Completed in 2007, the “hub” facility has remotely operated two CW affiliates WHDF in Huntsville, Alabama and WQCW (currently owned by Gray Television) in Charleston, West Virginia. The state-of-the-art system employs an IP-based delivery method of HD broadcast, using proprietary ACT-L3™ codec to convey a signal stream with technical accuracy and aesthetic clarity. Lockwood utilizes advanced IP-centric, multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)-based solutions to build its private IP cloud. From Wikipedia.

 Duplicated Subscribers Cable, overbuilder, and/or satellite subscribers counted multiple times in a market depending upon how many .1 channels for full power and LPTV-cable stations and for those subchannels with verified MVPD subscribers. Subscribers partly estimated using FCC COALS data and Census data.