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Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by Nick, Jul 19, 2010.
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They lost access to programming when they first bought Cable or satellite (which does not carry all the local channels), and they increased their costs when they chose to go with pay tv services, rather than free, OTA TV.
Someone should introduce most Congressmen to the concept of an "antenna".
Retrans consent is a law ... if the reps want to change a law they need to write and pass a bill. Perhaps Mr Israel and Mr King missed that episode of Schoolhouse Rock?
It floors me.
Companies are expected to produce better-than-inflation revenue and profit numbers for their shareholders. So when media companies such as the channel providers and the multichannel distributors raise their rates, it is a "travesty".
We've been down this philosophical discussion before. The network affiliates aren't asking for much (as of yet), and there are plenty of other channels that are receiving much more money than these terrestrial broadcasters, yet the proverbial shotgun is now pointed directly at the affiliates and the retransmission agreements as being "the problem". This is not a problem the terrestrial broadcasters created.
I'm fairly certain that if "retransmission consent" is gutted that the rates of your local cable company won't decline.
Nexstar. Need I say more? They provide substandard programming (they refuse to do HD since they think SD is good enough outside of the network stuff) and they extort cash from cable operators. Enough already. Put these jokers out of business and let the free market teach them they have to compete for viewers and not use a monopoly position.
Ala Carte = Problem Solved (or at the very least Tier based offerings)
A la carte is breaking packages into smaller packages or individual channels, not allowing customers access to local affiliates with no payment or limited payment to said affiliates.
A la carte within locals (where one could theoretically choose to buy their local ABC and not their local FOX) just reinforces the idea that stations can charge cable/satellite customers for receiving their free OTA feeds. We need to break that concept - not reinforce it.
Required carriage of all local channels on an equal basis with either no payment or a statutory license similar to the distants license is the solution to the retransmission consent problem of stations overcharging and refusing carriage of their feeds.
Your talking about locals only, I'm talking about carriage in general. My stance on locals is they should be freely available to all MSO's as they are freely available OTA. No compensation required other than number of subs which would indicate penetration and thus allow for ratings to derive advertising rates. Programmers got too entrenched and sports costs got completely out of control under the current system (probably so much so that there is no going back). However, free market would dictate what channels survive and which fail. It would be nice to this the heard and consolidate programming.
As long as the Cable networks are willing to provide their programming for free to any local station that wants to carry it, I'm sure most broadcasters would be happy to reciprocate, and allow Cable systems to profit from re-broadcasting their programming.