No sooner have Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) and Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) kissed, made up and spread the good cheer of ESPN across multiple media platforms than the next brushfire in the retransmission wars has started.
Fair and balanced reports say some local Fox stations are already posting notices that Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) could stop carrying Fox Sports, FX and National Geographic on October 1 and local Fox stations on November 1 if a retransmission agreement isn't reached.
Fox boss Rupert Murdoch, meanwhile, is already on the record as saying how much he likes retransmission as a revenue stream, so the smart money is that this one could get feisty.
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