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Carriage fees helped discretionary channels earn 7.5% increase in 2008 revenues

News | 03/26/2009 7:23 pm EDT

While conventional broadcasters struggle to stay solvent, discretionary services continued to enjoy stable returns in 2008, primarily as a result of nearly $1.9 billion in subscriber fees from BDUs — a regulatory concession broadcasters have been lobbying to get for years. More than 65% of the discretionary services sector’s total annual revenue came from monthly carriage fees.

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