Dish Network, Cablevision, Comcast, programmers license renewal battles rage onward

There has been no shortage of licensing renewal fights between pay-TV operators and programmers. Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) and DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) have seen their share of nasty wars throughout the past year. Dish has led the charge in carriage renewal fights with not only Turner, but also CBS and Fox. Later, AMC Networks told fans of its hit series The Walking Dead to cut ties with DirecTV because the satellite carrier wouldn't pay its demanded fee increases.

The battles between pay-TV providers and their content suppliers are expected to continue well into 2015. Among the many potential battles that will emerge this year include: Viacom vs. Dish Network; Discovery vs. Comcast; and CBS vs. DirecTV and Cablevision.

Dan Frankel, editor of FierceCable, took the time to count down the five largest potential pay-TV carriage battles in 2015. Take a look at the report here

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