Modern television Act of 2019 Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Combat Blackouts

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    sparky27

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    James Long

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    Even if passed it does little until 42 months after enactment ... so four years from now?

    "Repeals retransmission consent, compulsory copyright licenses, and several other outdated statutory provisions and regulations. This would allow free-market contract negotiations to happen under traditional copyright law. "
    Distants are carried under the cuplulsory license. You're not really repealing retransmission consent when you give control to the broadcasters to withhold their signals.

    "Preempts federal, state, and local authority to regulate rates of cable services."
    Who does this help?

    "Ensures consumers have access to local programming by retaining the ability of a local television broadcast station to require carriage on cable and satellite providers in their local market. (Effective immediately, no change in law.)"
    So "Must Carry" lives on, "Consent to carry" is "repealed" (but stations can refuse to be retransmitted).

    Not an improvement.

    What we need is all stations become must carry with a compulsory license, rates set by the copyright office - not stations demanding $2 per subscriber (and more in four years). I'd rather see free retransmission, but I am willing to compromise with a compulsory rate.
     
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    SamC

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    This bill does little to fix the problem Congress created when it departed from the Fortnightly system.

    Its main purpose seems to be to allow rural congress members to say they TRIED to do something by backing this do-nothing bill when constituents complain about losing their TV channels.

    BTW, "baseball style arbitraion" means each side picks a number, arbitrator has to pick one or the other, so, theoretically, each has to be realistic. The only loser in this, as in baseball, is the consumer.

    Of course, the solution is to simply repeal this mess, return to the system under which every one prospered, free local TV without payment to Big Media. Any station owner not willing to live on the massive windfall that is local ad sales, free to sign the lisence on the back and send it to me.
     
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    mwdxer

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    At least IT is a beginning....Most of time we get little out of government.
     
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    Don't expect anything to happen with Congress. Even if the House passes it, the Senate won't be allowed to vote on it.
     
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    MysteryMan

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    That's because Congress is the opposite of Progress.
     
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    AZ.

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    Well not exactly, but when cooperation/compromise became a bad thing, here we are....Doing nothing for the masses.
     
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    James Long

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    The minimum would be to kick the can ... extend the current laws by five years. If they don't do that then the market will adjust.
     
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    NashGuy

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    Yeah, the most likely scenario is that the current STELAR law is renewed, except with some new language to make clear that non-profit organizations may only redistribute broadcast TV signals via OTA repeaters and community antenna clear-QAM coax. In other words, no unauthorized redistribution of local channels via the internet, even by non-profits, as Locast is doing.

    It is interesting to think about what would happen to the major broadcast nets if we returned to the pre-STELA regime when locals survived purely on ad dollars and could only invoke must-carry when it came to MVPDs. I have to think that a lot of popular sports would simply leave for paid streaming services and/or cable channels because the networks couldn't afford the contracts purely based on ad dollars. Or at least, they would stand to make significantly MORE by relegating them to their paid channels (e.g. ESPN, CBS All Access, etc.).
     
  10. Mark Holtz

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    Yeah right. The NAB will make sure it's members interests are protected, which is only bad news for the end consumer.
     
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