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A Fix for Significantly-Viewed Negotiations

Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by Chris Blount, May 10, 2005.

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  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    DirecTV thinks it has the solution to make good faith negotiations work between broadcasters and pay-TV operators when it comes to carriage of significantly-viewed stations by cable and/or satellite TV platforms.

    The satellite TV company urged the Federal Communications Commission Monday to augment its existing good faith negotiation rules with a simple "agree with one, negotiate with all" regulation for areas that receive significantly-viewed stations. DirecTV's comments are part of ongoing work at the commission tied to the implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act.

    DirecTV gave two ways its proposed rule would work:

    Broadcasters would be free to refuse retransmission of their signals in out-of-market, significantly viewed areas - so long as they did so for all multichannel video providers. But once they allowed one service to carry their signals, they would then have to negotiate in good faith with all pay-TV services for carriage.

    Through the second part, multichannel platforms would be free to decide whether they carry signals from one market into significantly-viewed areas in another market. Once they carried one station in significantly viewed areas, they would then have to negotiate in good faith with all other stations that sought such carriage in the significantly-viewed market.

    The negotiations between a broadcaster and a pay-TV platform may not lead to an agreement, but they must comply with the existing rules on good faith negotiations, DirecTV said.

    "Such a rule would allow the good-faith standard to evolve, just as the scope of the requirement itself has evolved," DirecTV said in its FCC comments. "This, in turn, would help ensure that DBS customers are, to the extent possible, not denied signals received by their cable-customer neighbors.

    http://www.skyreport.com (Used with permission)
  2. Adam Richey

    Adam Richey Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    Kokomo, IN
    I think that's a pretty fair and decent proposal.
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