Retransmission consent

The Communications Act prohibits cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors from retransmitting commercial television, low power television and radio broadcast signals without first obtaining the broadcaster's consent. This permission is commonly referred to as "retransmission consent" and may involve some compensation from the cable company to the broadcaster for the use of the signal. Alternately, local commercial and noncommercial television broadcast stations may require a cable operator that serves the same market as the broadcaster to carry its signal. A demand for carriage is commonly referred to as "must-carry." If the broadcast station asserts its must-carry rights, the broadcaster cannot demand compensation from the cable operator. While retransmission consent and must-carry are distinct and function separately, they are related in that commercial broadcasters are required to choose once every three years, on a system-by-system basis, whether to obtain carriage or continue carriage by choosing between must carry and retransmission consent. (See http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/cblbdcst.html)

Comcast: Reports Confirm Benefits Of NBCU Deal

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

Comcast has turned in two reports requested by the Federal Communications Commission as part of the Commission's review of the proposed NBCU joint venture.

FCC likely to hire outsider to oversee NBC-Comcast review

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

The Federal Communications Commission may soon hire an outsider to oversee its review of Comcast's bid for NBC.

Comcast-NBCU Paranoia Pervades Affiliates

Recommendation:
3

Television station owners affiliated with NBC are nervous about the proposed merger with Comcast. The NBC affiliates fears pale against those of the ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates.

Supreme Court Conferences on Must-Carry Challenge

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Cablevision's challenge to the must-carry rules is up for consideration at the Supreme Court justice's April 30 private conference.

TV Stations Forecast Revised Upward

Recommendation:
2

With the ad economy bouncing back and political revving up, analysts are revising their forecasts for TV stations upward.

McDowell Cautions FCC About Getting Into Arbitration Business

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

Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell suggested the FCC needs to tread carefully in its inquiry into the retransmission consent process.

ACA Sees Hopeful Signs On Retransmission Remake

Location:
American Cable Association, One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States
Recommendation:
2

American Cable Association President Matt Polka gave Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski several shout-outs Tuesday for his comments at the National Association of Broadcasters, suggesting there could be problems with the retransmission-consent system.

Polka: ACA Met With Comcast Over Proposed NBCU Merger

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

The American Cable Association has had meetings with Comcast over its proposed merger with NBC Universal, most recently in February in Philadelphia.

Report: CBS to benefit most from retransmission consent agreements

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2

Broadcast retransmission revenue will have the biggest earnings effect on CBS Corp. out of all entertainment conglomerates owning a broadcast network, but Disney and News Corp. will also see some benefit.

FCC's Genachowski Concerned About Retrans Affect on Cable Prices, Program Interruptions

Location:
NAB Show 2010, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Communications Commission Julius Genachowski said April 13 that he favored the marketplace over the government in retransmission negotiations, but said he still thinks there are "legitimate questions" about whether the process needs review.

Regulator Says Canada Cable Firms May Negotiate Fee

Location:
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, Canada
Recommendation:
2

Canadian cable and satellite companies such as Rogers Communications Inc. may have to negotiate a carriage fee with television networks like CTVglobemedia Inc. whose signal has historically been free to distribute, the country's broadcasting regulator said.

FCC Seeks Comment on Retransmission Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Fourteen entities filed a petition for rulemaking on March 9, 2010 requesting that the Federal Communications Commission amend and supplement its retransmission consent rules. The FCC is now inviting public comment on this petition.

Malone Sees Pay-TV Industry Consolidation as Fee Disputes Mount

Recommendation:
1

Media billionaire John Malone said fee disputes between U.S. broadcasters and cable-television operators will force companies to combine to gain negotiating clout.

FCC to tackle retransmission issue

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

The Federal Communications Commission will undertake a review of the retransmission consent rule amid the growing contentiousness between broadcasters and cable operators on carriage agreements, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said...

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