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Politicians could get busy as cable blackouts increase

  • Though Dish Network (DISH) resolved its differences with 25 Hearst-owned TV stations earlier this week after they went dark for around 14 hours amid a retransmission contract dispute, the mini-battle could be the tipping point that leads to a major industry change.
  • Media analysts forecast that politicians in Washington may take notice as more negotiation stalemates in the industry lead to cable/satellite blackouts. A little noise from D.C. on the issue could tip the scales in the favor of the pay-TV industry (DTV, CMCSA, CHTR, TWC, CVC).
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