Cablevision Tells FCC: Let Us Carry Just The TV Networks We Want

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No major cable operator hates paying broadcasters for the right to retransmit their free over-the-air programming more than Cablevision. Last year, it allowed ABC and Fox stations to go dark on Cablevision systems while trying to hammer out payment deals. So it's interesting to see the three-point plan that Cablevision submitted to the FCC today to ensure that subscribers aren't deprived from seeing the Oscars or the World Series while companies work out their differences.

First, it wants regulators to prevent broadcasters from packaging their services in a way that would require pay TV services to carry cable channels they don't want in order to land programming from a must-have network such as ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Second, if the cable operator can't strike a deal with a network's local station, then Cablevision wants the freedom to cut deals that would enable it to import signals from out-of-market network affiliates. And, third, Cablevision wants to be able to publicize the fees that broadcasters want....

Now if we consumers could get only the programming we want...

http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/cablevision-tells-fcc-let-us-carry-just-the-tv-networks-we-want/

Posted on 26 May 2011, 18:15 - Category: News
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