Here are some links to the clients of each guide provider.
Tribune Media Services:
I suspect that both FYI and Tribune are getting their metadata (guide listings) from Rov,i as Rovi has the largest data base for listings in the world. It has been built up over a almost 60 year existence of the TV Guide Magazine. I would't doubt that they pay some type of fee to Rovi for the metadata and also some licensing fees related to numerous patents for EPG and IPG guide features.
Tribune got itself in trouble when Sam Zell did a leveraged buyout of Tribune and the company ended up owing about 788 million dollars more than it was worth. Most of Tribunes divisions are profitable and this is only a chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is a reoganization of its business by its creditors. A chapter 7 would be a liquidation of its assets. Rovis current stock value will not prevent them from purchasing Tribune Media Services if the opportunity becomes available especially if it will boost Rovis long term earnings potential.
As for Government intervention, I find that highly unlikely because the Government, since Reagan, has not stopped the consolidation of content ownership (broadcast networks, cable & satellite channels, movie studios, etc.) into the hands of five or six large corporations. Even the local TV and radio affiliates have fallen into the ownership of corporations since Reagan. This trend will continue if Romney wins the White House in November.
These are the big players when it comes to content ownership:
Fox News Corp.
SonyEdited by Jed1 - 8/12/12 at 3:05pm