SNL Kagan Predicts Broadcast Networks' Reverse Retrans Could Top $1B By 2014, Benefiting Networks and Affiliates.

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Despite continued sporadic flare-ups between broadcasters and multichannel operators, retransmission revenues continue to rise, with TV station owners revealing significant step-ups in monthly per-sub retrans fees as they have negotiated recent round two and three deals. As general fee levels rise, affiliates' network partners are pursuing reverse retrans deals, with strategies becoming clearer as this round of affiliation agreements rolls along. The next several years will be pivotal in the establishment of reverse retrans deals, with most networks' agreements having come up for renewal by 2014-2015. ***Industry analysis, reverse retrans revenue estimates by network and year (2009-2015) along with rankings for Univision, Disney (ABC), Comcast (NBC & TEL), CBS News Corp. (CBS & CW) and News Corp. (FOX & MNT) included.

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According to SNL Kagan, The next several years will be pivotal in the establishment of reverse retrans deals, as most networks' agreements are up for renewal by 2014-2015.

SNL Kagan's broadcast report on reverse retransmission fees, one of the hottest topics in the broadcast industry, is available starting today.

SNL Kagan Report At-A-Glance

Total reverse retransmission revenue (also known as reverse compensation) predicted to grow from just nearly $500 million in 2012 to over $1 billion by 2014.

This relatively new money stream could heat things up as most affiliate deals are up for renewal by 2014-2015.

Add in networks which have procureed major sports rights, such as NBC's deal to acquire TV rights for the Olympics, and watch out for a LOT of buzz between now and then.

This SNL Kagan Broadcast report contains O&O (owned and operated) Station and Reverse Retrans projections AND contains network rankings, year-by-year from 2009- 2015 for:

Disney (ABC)
Comcast (NBC & TEL)
CBS News Corp. (CBS & CW)
News Corp. (FOX & MNT)

SNL Kagan also provides exclusive insight into these network's retrans strategies moving forward.

Contact Christina Twomey by email at ctwomey(at) for your copy of the report.

*Please note, this report is currently available by request to accredited members of the press and freelance journalists on assignment with professional news organizations, in addition to SNL Kagan's clients. If interested in additional information on this topic, but not affiliated with either groups, your request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


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