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)

Rep Cárdenas battles Comcast over programming dispute and TWC merger

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
1

Rep Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) is urging the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to examine Comcast's contract negotiations with small programmers as they review Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Comcast just upped its cable modem rental fee from $8 to $10 per month

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast users in various parts of the country have already gotten (or may soon get) a lovely holiday present from their Internet service provider -- a seemingly inexplicable increase in the cable modem rental fee, from $8 to $10 per month.

Time Warner Cable to Initiate Sports Fee in January

Location:
Time Warner Cable, One Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
1

Time Warner Cable will join the growing list of pay TV distributors charging additional fees for sports programming, tacking on an additional $2.75 per month to customers’ bills beginning in January 2015 to help offset rising costs. In addition, Time Warner Cable said it would increase its nine-month old broadcast TV surcharge to $2.75 per month from $2.25 and would increase its monthly modem lease fee from $5.98 to $8 next year.

Operators See Sports, Broadcast Surcharges Rise in 2015

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

As programming costs rise with little hope of near term relief, several operators said they are expecting to increase their sports and broadcast surcharges in 2015 to help lessen the blow.

STELAR Becomes Law

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

President Barack Obama has signed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization Act (STELAR), making it the official law of the land for the next five years.

NAB to Court: FCC Decision On Contracts Is Unsustainable

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
1

he National Association of Broadcasters has told the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that its retransmission consent deals with pay TV are among their "most closely guarded secrets" that should not be shared with third parties.

CBS, Dish Reach Carriage Deal

Location:
Dish Network, 9601 South Meridian Boulevard, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States
Recommendation:
2

CBS and Dish Network reached a multiyear pact for carriage of CBS-owned stations across the US as well as CBS’s cable networks.

STELAR Is Now the Law

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

With the stroke of a pen, the relatively drama-free Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR Act or HR 5728) became law Dec. 4.

Sen Markey Pushes Cox/Verizon For Retransmission Resolution

Location:
Boston, MA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) is pushing Cox and Verizon (FiOS) to end their retransmission consent dispute following the blackout of Cox's Fox affiliate WFXT TV Boston.

FCC Urging Resolution to WFXT/FiOS Retransmission Impasse

Location:
Boston, MA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission is on the same page as Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) when it comes to a Washington take on the retransmission consent impasse between Verizon FiOS and Cox's WFXT Boston: Get 'er done.

Washington Appeals Court: Retransmission Contracts Covered By PRA

Location:
Tacoma, WA, United States
Recommendation:
1

A Washington state appeals court has overturned an injunction that prevented Tacoma’s city-owned cable system, Click!, from making unredacted copies of retransmission consent contracts with broadcasters public.

Dumb Stuff Said in Washington, DC

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

It’s been apparent for years that there is a concerted effort by broadcasting’s primary competitors to eliminate local TV as a competitive threat to their nirvana world — a world where “free” is eliminated from the telecommunications lexicon and programming content is only made available to those who will pay for it. In their world, the highest and best use of spectrum is used only by those who charge a fee for delivering content. But only of late have we been confronted with the bald-faced falsehood that 'localism is a myth.'

STELAR Passes Senate

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

The just-passed Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act, the House reauthorization of the satellite compulsory license, has passed the Senate by unanimous consent after being hotlined.

Compromise STELAR Passes In House

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

The House unanimously passed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act of 2014 (HR 5728), the compromise satellite reauthorization bill. The bill reauthorizes (for another five years) the satellite compulsory license allowing the importation of distant network TV signals into markets without those affiliates and affects about 1.5 million satellite subscribers.

FCC Defends Axing Coordinated Retransmission Among Top Four

Location:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
1

In a filing at the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the Federal Communications Commission defended its decision to limit coordinated retransmission consent.

Public Knowledge Urges Senators To Fix or Oppose STAVRA

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

Public Knowledge and other public advocacy groups sent letters to all 100 senators urging them to either fix provisions harmful to consumers in the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA) or refrain from passing the bill at all.

MVPD Status for OVDs Could Benefit TV Stations

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
1

A close look at Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to make online video distributors (OVDs) the regulatory and legal equal of cable and satellite with all the same rights and obligations means such services, including Aereo, would be subject to retransmission consent. This is a big deal and television broadcasters at all levels will need to be fully engaged in the rulemaking to make sure it doesn't go bad for broadcasters.

Kagan: Retransmission Fees To Reach $9.3B By 2020

Location:
SNL Kagan, One SNL Plaza, Charlottesville, VA, 22902, United States
Recommendation:
1

Retransmission fees paid to broadcast stations will reach $9.3 billion in 2020, according to a new projection by SNL Kagan.

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Elections Matter, Don’t They?

We’re less than two weeks from Election Day 2014 and deciding which party will control Congress for the next two years. Nate Silver gives Republicans a 66% chance of winning a majority of seats in the Senate which would give the party control of both Houses. What would that mean for telecommunications and technology policy?

Judge Won't Let Aereo Stream In Real Time, But Allows Remote DVR

Location:
US District Court -- Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY, 10007-1312, United States
Recommendation:
3

US District Court Judge Alison Nathan barred Aereo from streaming over-the-air TV shows in real time to subscribers' smartphones and tablets, but cleared the way for the company to resume offering its remote DVR service. The order marks the latest turn in a two-year battle over the online service.

TV Is Disrupting the Internet

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The solipsism of the tech community sees the CBS and HBO migrations to stand-alone streaming services as a satisfying disruption of the TV business. But that's a striking inversion of what's actually happening: TV is disrupting the Internet.

Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Networks like CBS have all invested a lot of money into TV Everywhere products, which let consumers catch up on shows as long as they have a pay TV subscription. TV Everywhere has been riddled with problems since the beginning, leaving many customers frustrated as they scramble to find their cable password before a big game begins.

CBS All Access a Smart Move for Net, Affiliates

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
2

While all the broadcast networks are working on some form of streaming service, CBS’s version is different. It combines its on-demand offerings and station streaming into one service marketed directly to consumers.

CBS's Streaming Service Not Likely to Equal ‘Real Business,’ Expert Says

Location:
CBS, 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
2

CBS's new digital subscription video-on-demand service CBS All Access isn't likely to generate a financial windfall for CBS -- but it could still prove valuable for the network and consumers.

The Other Reason the TV Guys Are Moving to the Web

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

One by one, big networks are stepping out of the cable bundle and giving viewers a chance to watch their stuff on the Web. But those networks also assume they’re going to make most of their money from the cable bundle for many years to come. Which, it turns out, is one of the reasons they’re going to the Web.

Cable blackouts could someday be broadband blackouts, too

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

At least one cable industry official, Ross Lieberman, believes that All Access, as CBS's streaming service is called, may become another potential weapon in the network's arsenal if it doesn't get its way on programming fees.

Judge Is Skeptical About Aereo's New Bid for Survival

Location:
US District Court -- Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY, 10007-1312, United States
Recommendation:
1

US District Court Judge Alison Nathan considered a preliminary injunction against Aereo, the controversial tech service that upon launching in the spring of 2012, promised to pry open the delivery of television signals so that customers could access the major networks on digital devices.

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.

Transaction Reviews and the Public Interest

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

In connection with two significant and simultaneous merger reviews, the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau issued an Order establishing unique protections for the Merger Applicants’ programming contracts, retransmission agreements, and other related materials. This new procedure balances three important public-interest obligations ...

Chairman Wheeler: FCC 'Kicking Around' Idea of Making Some OVDs MVPDs

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler was asked to comment on a story that the a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was in the works that would classify linear over-the-top video providers as Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs), subject to access to programming as well as the retransmission payment regime.

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