Cable's Billion-Dollar Question Needs An Answer

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Cable's Billion-DollarQuestion NeedsAn Answer - 2010-09-13 04:01:00 | Broadcasting & Cable

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"The cable industry is facing a billion-dollar question. Broadcasters, led by CBS, are closing deals with operators that will put CBS on course to achieve its goal of getting $250 million cash for retransmitting its signals. But so lofty a goal carries a related issue: That tab will have to get paid somehow. And therein lies the question—or questions. Will these retrans dollars— estimated to hit $1.3 billion by 2012, according to SNL Kagan— come out of distributor profi ts?

Will cable networks take cuts or smaller increases in their monthly subscriber fees? Will customers pay through the nose with skyrocketing cable bills?" ...