Cable

Pay-TV services delivered by companies like Comcast and Time Warner. "Must-carry" refers to requirments that cable operators provide the signals of local TV broadcasters over their systems.

Cable access channels jeopardized by FCC

In an innocuous-sounding "rule change" to the Communications Act of 1984, the Federal Communications Commission would allow cable providers to deduct "in-kind" services from a local franchise fee to municipalities required by the Act, specifically

Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today

The media landscape used to be straightforward: Content companies (studios) — made stuff (TV shows and movies) and sold it to pay TV distributors, who sold it to consumers.

How Rupert Murdoch's Empire of Influence Remade the World

Few private citizens have ever been more central to the state of world affairs than Rupert Murdoch. As the head of a sprawling global media empire, he commanded multiple television networks, a global news service, a major publishing house and a Ho

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for April 2019 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the April Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2019:

Assistant AG Delrahim, Commissioner O'Rielly Spar Over Roles in Antitrust Reviews

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly offered different perspectives on how the government should treat antitrust cases - especially in the media industry.

The Next Big Thing

The agenda for the Federal Communications Commission's April open meeting:

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly's Remarks before the ACA Annual Summit

From constructing, reforming, and operating more efficient subsidy programs, to installing regulatory flexibility for operators, to striking the byzantine regulatory straightjacket of socalled “net neutrality,” this Commission has taken necessary

Set-top Boxes May Underrepresent Minority Populations

Nielsen says set-top-box/return-path data coming from pay-TV providers and other sources can underrepresent certain viewer groups -- in particular Hispanic and African-American homes, compared to other household types.

For AT&T and DirecTV Now, the Jig Is Up; Will Other vMVPDs Soon Cave, Too?

“This is for the first time 100-plus premium channels—not the junk nobody wants—purely over the top, a mobile-centric platform, for $35 a month.” And soon, it might be the last time.

Chairman Pai’s Response to Rep. Brindisi Regarding Affordable and Reliable Broadband

On January 25, 2019, Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai with concerns about Charter Communications. Rep Brindisi asked: