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TV Viewers Endured Record Number of Blackouts in 2015

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Television viewers around the country endured a record 193 blackouts in 2015, up from 94 the previous year and eight in 2010, due to an intensifying battle between cable companies and the broadcasters who provide a key part of their programming.

Broadcasters Ask FCC to Put Review of Charter-Time Warner Merger on Hold

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Association of Broadcasters says that the Federal Communications Commission should put its review of the proposed merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable on hold, arguing that the agency should first deal with outdated broadcast ownership rules before allowing more consolidation among cable and satellite providers.

Like Politics, Television Should Remain Local

Location:
NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

Former Speaker Tip O’ Neil said it best, “All politics is local.” The framers of the Communications Act understood this fundamental fact and licensed broadcast stations to specific local communities. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have created a system that emphasizes local service including the need to have outlets for local political candidates and self-expression. Given this time-honored federal policy, it is disturbing to see that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to eliminate rules which serve as a lynchpin of America's irreplaceable system of local television.

Will the FCC Mute Broadcasters?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission may be preparing to forcibly level the playing field between broadcasters and pay-TV providers.

How the government helped end Dish, Sinclair TV blackouts

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On August 26, the Federal Communications Commission took the unusual step of intervening in the Dish-Sinclair dispute, the latest move by an activist communications agency that has become impatient of the private sector's business disputes. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called representatives from both companies to the agency in Southwest Washington to hash out their differences. By the close of business, in remarkably short time, the two sides came to an agreement.

Mediacom Asks FCC to Limit Retransmission Blackouts

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Mediacom is filing a petition with the Federal Communications Commission asking it to prevent blackouts during retransmission consent disputes for any station that does not reach 90 percent of its market over-the-air or via the Web, which Mediacom suggests is most stations in its market and in the country.

Big 4 Affiliates Seek AT&T/DirecTV Local-Into-Local Condition

Location:
ABC News, 7 West 66th Street, New York, NY, 10023, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Big Four network affiliate associations have joined the National Association of Broadcasters in asking the Federal Communications Commission to require DirecTV to carry TV stations in all 210 TV markets if it wants to be able to merge with AT&T.

NAB to FCC: Don't Extend HD Carriage Waiver

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The National Association of Broadcasters told the Federal Communications Commission it should deny a request by smaller cable operators for an extension of their exemption from having to carry TV station signals in high definition.

Aereo to the FCC: Let us join the cable companies we tried to replace

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission is weighing whether to extend regulations for satellite television providers, cable companies and other "multichannel video providers" to Aereo and other "linear" online video distributors.

The greed of it all

Location:
TVFreedom.org, Washington, DC, 20091, United States
Recommendation:
1

The pay-TV industry has been pushing for video marketplace changes for the past few years that would provide them with an unfair regulatory advantage over TV broadcasters. The motive: Pure greed on the part of cable and satellite TV providers.

Cable Retransmission Reform Effort Falling Short

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

The pay TV industry’s heavily lobbied retransmission consent reform campaign doesn’t appear likely to result in a major pummeling for broadcasters on Capitol Hill this year, but cable and satellite TV operators may score some gains that could hurt the ability of broadcasters to negotiate future retransmission deals.

Public Knowledge Sends Letter To Senators Rockefeller and Thune With STAVRA Concerns

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
1

Public Knowledge, Consumers Union, and the Free Press Action Fund sent a joint letter to Sens Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD), expressing concern over the lack of consumer protection in the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA).

Senate panel drops controversial TV overhaul

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Senate Commerce Committee seems to be abandoning its plans to overhaul the way that people buy broadcast TV channels like NBC and ABC. A committee spokesperson said that the panel’s “Local Choice” proposal likely won’t be included in its reauthorization of an otherwise uncontroversial satellite TV law.

Local Choice: A Good Idea, But It’s All about the Details

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

On balance, Local Choice should be a step toward more viewer control, and lower cable bills. But there still might be some "gotchas" and fine print that policymakers must attend to.

TVFreedom.org: Retrans Proposal Misses Mark

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Broadcasters represented by TVFreedom.org aren't liking what they see in the retransmission consent revamp floated by the leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee.

A Broadcaster's Guide to Washington Issues

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters covers a variety of topics.

There is No Freedom in 'Free' TV

Location:
American Television Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Broadcasters recently launched a front group with the apparent purpose of attacking pay-TV providers and making enough noise to distract from reforming our broken retransmission consent system that victimizes the public.

Block Seeks Limited FCC Retransmission Intervention

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission should crack down on larger broadcasters and cable operators alike when they abuse their power by making unreasonable demands during retransmission consent negotiations -- or so says Block Communications, the Toledo, Ohio-based owner of TV stations, daily newspapers and Buckeye Cablevision, in a petition at the agency.

A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

With so many new regulations and challenges facing television broadcasters, it’s hard to keep track of all the changes. With FCC Watch, an exclusive briefing on some of the major issues at the Federal Communications Commission prepared by David Oxenford and David O'Connor, attorneys in the Washington law offices of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.

NAB Takes Case Against JSA, Retrans Moves to FCC’s Clyburn

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith and Rick Kaplan, NAB auction point man and former chief of staff to Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, tag teamed a meeting with Commissioner Clyburn.

Communications and Technology Subcommittee Reviews Draft Legislation to Reauthorize the Nation’s Satellite Television Law

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep Greg Walden (R-OR), held a legislative hearing to examine draft legislation aimed at reauthorizing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act.

Consumer groups protest TV bill draft

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Public interest groups are opposing an effort to update cable TV laws, which they say would “eviscerate” protections for consumers.

Last year’s CBS blackout was terrible for everyone. Here’s one idea to fix it.

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Remember the Great CBS Blackout of 2013? The Federal Communications Commission signaled that it wants to end TV stations' ability to jointly negotiate content fees with cable companies.

NBCUniversal to Combine ‘Upfront’ Presentations for Its Cable Channels

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
1

For the big television industry event called Upfront Week, NBCUniversal will borrow a page from the playbook of its parent, Comcast, and bundle together its cable channels.

Retransmission reform on a fast track?

Location:
Concurrent Media Strategies, 2500 Q Street NW, Washington, DC, 20007, United States
Recommendation:
2

The leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee may be looking for input from the industry on potential reforms to the retransmission consent rules, but their counterparts in the House of Representatives aren’t waiting to hear back.

Telecom law primer: Retransmission consent and must carry rules

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

The 1992 Cable Act, passed over the veto of President George H.W. Bush, contained two major provisions regarding the carriage of broadcast stations on cable and satellite systems.

Pay-TV's 'reform' gamemanship bad play for rural America

Location:
US Cattlemen’s Association, San Lucas, CA, 93954, United States
Recommendation:
2

US Cattlemen’s Association op-ed supports the efforts by local TV stations to receive fair compensation from the cable and satellite companies.

Cablevision: Broadcaster Anti-Aereo Argument is Myopic

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

In an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court, Cablevision has told the Supreme Court that while it agrees with broadcasters that Aereo's service is an illegal violation of copyright, the broadcasters' cure is "worse than the disease" because it would jeopardize cloud-based storage.

Broadcasters To Fight STELA Retrans Threat

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Broadcast industry lobbyists are scrambling to derail an effort to include provisions in a satellite TV bill that could gut retransmission consent rights of television stations.

Buckeye Amends FCC Complaint Against Sinclair

Location:
Toledo, OH, United States
Recommendation:
1

Buckeye Cablevision has amended its Federal Communications Commission retransmission complaints against Sinclair Broadcast Group and asked for immediate action to force the broadcaster to the bargaining table.

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