Fees for broadcasters may limit online TV

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday, October 25, 2010

(AP) -- Free online TV is taking a hit from spats over fees for broadcasters.

Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS blocked access to their programming online this month in separate fee disputes to enforce their demands to be paid. Broadcasters think they can make more money from cable TV providers if they hold back some programming online.

That could mean new limits on online viewing are coming. Broadcasters might make fewer of their shows available to begin with. They could also delay when they become available, perhaps a month after an episode is broadcast, rather than the few hours it typically takes now.

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