Monday, October 26, 2020

Comcast is warning its cable customers that it might lose the right to broadcast Comcast-owned channels in December

Not from the Onion, I guess:
Carriage disputes are not unusual in the pay television industry — cable and satellite companies have found themselves at the center of these events in recent years as programmers demand more money for channels and distributors seek to ease the rising cost of subscription fees that their customers are asked to pay.

But the Comcast situation is unusual because the cable giant owns NBC Universal and the channels that are slated to be dropped. The channels are carried under an agreement negotiated between the cable service and its subsidiary broadcast and cable network group.

“Comcast has successfully renegotiated thousands of expiring contracts over the years and rarely experienced an interruption of service,” a statement included with the notice said. “However,