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)

Why TV Still Looks Pretty Good to Big Media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Television may have peaked, but it’s going to have a very long run ahead of it. That’s the thinking behind a series of big media moves in the past few years, where conglomerates that own big investments in TV have been doubling down -- or trying to double down -- by acquiring more TV assets.

Aereo imitator lashes out at judge who fined him $90,000 for continuing to operate

Location:
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY, 10007-1312, United States
Recommendation:
1

After Aereo lost its case at the Supreme Court, it quickly shut down. But FilmOn, just kept on going. Now that decision is coming back to bite FilmOn and its eccentric owner, Alki David.

Broadcasters Defend “Local” News By Running Same Story Nationwide

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

A Fox affiliate station in Baltimore, owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, released a news story on “retransmission consent.” The story was a one-sided defense of the retransmission consent using numerous quotes from the National Association of Broadcasters and one from the American Television Alliance.

Rep Latta Urges Senators to Pass STELAR

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Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep Bob Latta (R-OH), vice chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, has asked Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Committee Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) to vote on and approve the House version of the STELA Reauthorization Act, which passed in the House.

NAB: Exclusivity Rules Are Crucial

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

The National Association of Broadcasters has quantified for the Federal Communications Commission what it says are the significant economic benefits of network nonduplication and syndicated exclusivity rules.

NY District Court Signals FilmOn Likely In Contempt

Location:
US District Court -- Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY, 10007-1312, United States
Recommendation:
2

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York appears poised to grant broadcasters a motion finding online TV station signal streamer FilmOn in contempt for continuing to deliver network TV station signals over the Internet after the Supreme Court found similar service Aereo in violation of copyright.

FCC Dismisses Sinclair, Buckeye Complaints

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

The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed the complaints filed by Sinclair and Buckeye Cablevision, ending the Washington wrangling that accompanied their months-long retransmission consent impasse.

House Approves Bipartisan Satellite Television Reauthorization

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House of Representatives approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the nation’s satellite television law to ensure that millions of satellite subscribers continue to receive broadcast programming.

STELAR Passage Gets Stellar Reception

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

The House's bipartisan passage of the STELAR Act satellite bill on July 22 got plenty of stakeholder praise after it passed on voice vote in a fast track move that signaled it was a non-controversial item.

Rep Latta: Nixing Integration Ban Is Win-Win

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

In advance of what is expected to be a bipartisan vote on a House Commerce Committee version of a bill reauthorizing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (now christened the STELA Reauthorization, or STELAR, act), Rep Bob Latta (R-OH) talked about the importance of scrapping the ban on integrated set-tops, which he says will save cable operator costs and consumer's on their energy bills.

Here’s How Many Subscribers Aereo Had Last Year

Location:
US Copyright Office, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20559, United States
Recommendation:
2

While Aereo generated lots of attention from the media world in the run-up to its Supreme Court case, consumers may have been less interested. Paperwork filed with the US Copyright Office indicates that the startup ended 2013 with 77,596 subscribers, spread out among 10 cities.

A Broadcaster's Guide to Washington Issues

Location:
USA, United States
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2

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

Sen Udall to FCC: Local TV Access for All

Location:
Grand Junction, CO, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sen Mark Udall (D-CO) urged the Federal Communications Commission to review DirecTV's ability to provide local media broadcasts in the Grand Junction-Montrose market (DMA 185), saying everyone is entitled to the crucial information provided by local TV.

STELAR Debate Scheduled for 2 p.m. July 22

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

House leadership has scheduled debate on the STELA Reauthorization (STELAR/ H.R. 4572) Act, for 2 pm on July 22. If nobody asks for a roll-call vote, the bill could pass soon after that 2 pm debate.

Farmers lobbying on ‘clean’ satellite TV bill

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Advocates for farmers are putting pressure on members of Congress to support a “clean” reauthorization of an expiring satellite TV law.

NAB Won't Oppose House Version of STELA

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

The National Association of Broadcasters does not oppose the House version of the bill reauthorizing the satellite compulsory license (formerly STELA, now STELAR), which is expected to come to the House floor for a vote.

Aereo’s in a Catch-22 when it comes to cable, rules are rigged against internet TV

Location:
Aereo, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, NY, 11101, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Supreme Court ruled in June that Aereo, whose service helped subscribers stream TV signals, is like the cable companies that need a license to transmit over-the-air TV. But when Aereo responded by trying to buy such a license, the Copyright Office stated it is not a cable service -- leaving the start-up in a legal no-man’s land where it is likely to die.

House To Vote On STELAR Satellite Bill

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

The US House of Representatives plans to vote on a House Commerce Committee version of satellite legislation that includes provisions preventing coordinated retransmission consent negotiations and other provisions pushed by cable operators.

FCC: Armstrong's Price Is Right

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

The Federal Communications Commission has sided with an independent cable operator in a dispute over regional sports network pricing. In a 4-1 vote, the FCC has upheld a Media Bureau conclusion that cable company Armstrong Utilities' final offer for carriage of DirecTV Sports Net Pittsburgh's (DSNP) Fox Sports Pittsburgh was closer to fair market value.

Copyright Office Rebuffs Aereo Cable Play

Location:
US Copyright Office, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20559, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Copyright Office has shot down Aereo's attempt to recast itself as a cable system that may retransmit broadcast signals to paying online subscribers with the benefit of the cable compulsory license.

Senators Rockefeller, Thune Statement on STELA Reauthorization

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

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will consider and report legislation during the Senate’s September work period, including the reauthorization of expiring provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010. We look forward to continuing the productive bipartisan work of the committee and collaborating with our fellow members.

DirecTV is cutting the cord on NFL Sunday Ticket with online-only subscriptions

Location:
DirecTV, El Segundo, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

DirecTV is finally making the NFL Sunday ticket available to football fans without a pay TV subscription. The satellite TV provider is about to launch a new online service, dubbed NFLSundayTicketTV, which will offer access to NFL games that were previously only available to DirecTV subscribers. However, it looks like eligibility is limited to people who can’t get DirecTV.

Comcast Opposes Hill Action on Retransmission Changes

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

In written testimony for a July 16 hearing on the state of the video marketplace, Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen tells the Senate Commerce Committee that the company does not support addressing "issues or concerns" related to the retransmission regime as part of reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) or "through other legislative action."

At a Tipping Point: Consumer Choice, Consolidation and the Future Video Marketplace

Jul 16 2014 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

The Senate Commerce Committee will discuss the future of the video marketplace, including the impact of the growth of online video and consolidation among pay TV and broadband providers.

Dish can keep streaming TV anywhere after Fox’s Aereo argument fails

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

Three weeks after the Supreme Court shut down Aereo for streaming TV over the Internet without permission, a court in California has given the green light for satellite TV company Dish to continue selling a service that does much the same thing.

Copyright Office ponders Aereo fallout

Location:
US Copyright Office, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20559, United States
Recommendation:
2

The US Copyright Office is asking the public to weigh in on what the Supreme Court’s ruling on streaming TV service Aereo means for the future of copyright law.

Aereo Still Trying To Get By Without Paying

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

Desperate to save itself, Aereo is now rolling out Plan B. In the wake of the June 25 Supreme Court ruling that shot down its juvenile low-tech scheme for circumventing copyright law, the online distributor of local broadcast signals told the federal district court in New York that it wants to continue operating in a more conventional manner, with the cable compulsory license.

No, Aereo isn’t really claiming to be a true cable company

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

In an effort to survive, Aereo's throwing everything against the wall and hoping something -- anything -- sticks. Its latest tactic? To embrace the Supreme Court decision that effectively killed its existing business model, and to work within the confines of the ruling to arrive at an alternative that won't land the company in court again.

Aereo’s legal strategy straightens up and flies right

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recently, news broke that Aereo has reframed its legal strategy to embrace just this argument, now arguing that it is a cable system and that it can avail itself of the Section 111 compulsory license to gain access to broadcast television content. The key question: Is Aereo a cable system?

Aereo's Bid for Comeback Hinges on Cable License

Location:
Aereo, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, NY, 11101, United States
Recommendation:
2

After the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo is "substantially similar" to a cable system and therefore Aereo needs broadcasters' permission to air their content, the company has argued that it should be able to qualify for a "compulsory license" -- meaning it could pay limited royalties for the rights to broadcast content.

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