Comcast, Nexstar Settle Carriage Lawsuit; Ink New Carriage Deal

NEW YORK–Following experiences over the weekend that Nextstar and Comcast (opens in new tab) had come to phrases on a brand new carriage settlement, the events filed papers within the Southern District of New York Federal Court indicating that they had settled a lawsuit referring to a long-running carriage dispute concerning WPIX in New York. The choose presiding over the case issued an order dismissing the litigation until one of many events recordsdata to reinstate it within the subsequent 45 days. TV Tech has individually confirmed that Nexstar and Comcast have reached a brand new carriage settlement and the brand new settlement led to the dismissal of the Federal litigation. If the settlement had not been reached, about 90 Nexstar stations might have been blacked out in Comcast techniques across the nation. In addition, the 2 events got here to an settlement that restored WPIX station (opens in new tab) to Comcast techniques within the Tri-State space. Comcast had been pressured to drop WPIX on Dec. 3 (opens in new tab) after its carriage settlement with Mission Broadcasting had expired. Nexstar handles the retransmission negotiations for WPIX. The dispute dates again to 2021 when Comcast filed a grievance with the FCC referring to its carriage dispute with WPIX arguing that Nexstar was violating the possession (opens in new tab) caps by dealing with the retransmission consent negotiations for Mission Broadcasting. Nexstar adopted up by suing Comcast within the Southern District of New York (opens in new tab) for unpaid retransmission charges. “Comcast has flouted the phrases of the events’” settlement and refused to pay “thousands and thousands of {dollars},” the swimsuit mentioned.The new carriage settlement and the restoration of WPIX on Comcast techniques led that litigation being settled. Another concern is the continuing dispute with the FCC. On December 12, 2022, Comcast filed a proper grievance (opens in new tab) with the FCC saying Mission Broadcasting and Nexstar had refused to barter in good religion. In an e mail to TV Tech a Comcast spokesperson mentioned: “Our current retransmission consent settlement with Nexstar settles the pending litigation our corporations have within the Southern District of New York.  However, it doesn’t deal with our proceedings on the FCC, which stay open.”

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