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If you won't pay them, buy them: Merger mania in distribution and content markets

Tom Evens (UGent)
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Structural changes in TV markets are resulting in carriage disputes that have spread from the United States to Europe. A carriage dispute refers to a disagreement between a pay-TV operator and a broadcaster over the right to ‘carry’ a broadcaster’s channel. TV broadcasters are demanding ever increasing payments from pay-TV operators that complain about lower-profit margins due to spiralling programming costs. This article discusses vertical mergers between distributors and broadcasters as a possible way to reduce retransmission payments and to secure cheap and privileged access to programming in today’s hypercompetitive video markets.
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vertical merger, pay-TV, retransmission payments, programming costs, business model, cable industry

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Evens, Tom. “If You Won’t Pay Them, Buy Them: Merger Mania in Distribution and Content Markets.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL TELEVISION 5.3 (2014): 261–265. Print.
APA
Evens, T. (2014). If you won’t pay them, buy them: Merger mania in distribution and content markets. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL TELEVISION, 5(3), 261–265.
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Evens, Tom. 2014. “If You Won’t Pay Them, Buy Them: Merger Mania in Distribution and Content Markets.” International Journal of Digital Television 5 (3): 261–265.
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Evens, Tom. 2014. “If You Won’t Pay Them, Buy Them: Merger Mania in Distribution and Content Markets.” International Journal of Digital Television 5 (3): 261–265.
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Evens T. If you won’t pay them, buy them: Merger mania in distribution and content markets. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL TELEVISION. Bristol, UK: Intellect; 2014;5(3):261–5.
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T. Evens, “If you won’t pay them, buy them: Merger mania in distribution and content markets,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL TELEVISION, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 261–265, 2014.
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