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TV Contract Disputes Heat Up

Welcome to a very brief summary of today's cable news headlines:

  • Year-end contract disputes and threats of channel drops are generating lots of negative headlines for programmers and distributors. Feuding couples include Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) and E!/Style ; DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and The Golf Channel; Suddenlink Communications and Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA); and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Sinclair Broadcast Group. (See The New Deal .)

  • DirecTV cut a last-minute retransmission consent deal with Hearst Corp. while Insight Communications Co. Inc. came to terms with Raycom.

  • IMAX stock was up today on buzz that Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) will buy the movie operator. (See CTAM Summit: 3DTV Is Poised to Pop.)

  • Time Warner Cable is taking heat from Larry Flynt Publishing for refusing to turn over names of customers who shared This Ain’t Avatar XXX.

  • Oprah Winfrey Network launches Saturday, serving “heart and mind food” to 85 million homes.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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