Senate unanimously approves House's satellite TV bill

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  1. sswheeler

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  2. Drucifer

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    What does the cable industries do or are these customers so rural they have cable either?
     
  3. James Long

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    Basically a renewal of the current law (distants are not new) ... but here are a couple of improvements for Local into Local:

    "For one, the new law prevents coordinated retransmission consent negotiations among noncommonly owned TV stations in a market, expanding on the FCC's decision earlier this year to disallow coordinated retrans among the Top Four stations in those markets. It also prevents broadcasters from preventing the importation of significantly viewed stations into their markets."

    http://www.multichannel.com/news/policy/stelar-passes-senate/385767#sthash.0Cd6QMQK.dpuf
     
  4. SayWhat?

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    ^^ Is that available in English anywhere?
     
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    Does that mean those grandfathered with DNS will still keep it?
     
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    I sure hope so! :D
     
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  9. James Long

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    Local channels retransmitted into their own local markets ... basically, the majority of local TV stations as they are carried by cable and satellite carriers.
     
  10. SeaBeagle

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    For any sense in this should be allowed to view any markets no matter where one resides. Or as many markets as one wants.


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  11. KyL416

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    The last sentence in post 3 seems to remove one hurdle preventing satellite providers from providing neighboring locals to more areas. If it sticks it would mean the only limitations would be retrans consent with the neighboring station and spot beams.

    If only they'll also add a provision to go beyond the list so more stations like independents and new sign ons could be carried. One of the things that disqualify you from qualifying for DNS is being able to receive a signal with an outdoor antenna, so it should go both ways, if that same antenna can pull in a station in a neighboring market, they should qualify to be carried in the area too. It would take care of a lot of stations that are not in the center of their market, who many times cover the local news for a neighboring county better than the in market stations, but are stuck being cable and OTA only in those areas because of the rule.
     
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    some one explain this last paragraph in real terms and not legalize...
     
  13. bjlc

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    the way I read this last paragraph, AND I HOPE I AM WRONG.. but if you have your distant networks, one of the major 4 channels. isn't this rebroadcast into a rebroadcast area? some one explain this to me.. and trust me, I will be glad to be wrong on this..
     
  14. cpalmer2k

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    The bill should preserve the status quo as far as Distant Nets are concerned. They were grandfathered in the original act. This doesn't remove that protection
     
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    Thank you. That's how I read it, nice to get another persons interpretation. Darn legalese!
     
  16. James Long

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    The piece you are having trouble with has nothing to do with distants. It has a lot to do with local stations.

    The new law will prohibit stations from negotiating together for carriage unless the stations are co-owned. Right now stations could collude to keep their signal off of a carrier. The law puts into statute a policy the FCC has put forth to prevent coordination.

    The second part prohibits stations from making the denial of carriage of other stations part of the deal for the carriage of an in market station. Right now your local CBS, for example, could refuse to grant carriage unless DISH or DirecTV agreed not to carry a competing CBS from a neighboring market --- or any neighboring market channel they felt threatened their viewership. The new law prevents such restrictions being written into carriage contracts. Which means DISH and DirecTV will be able to carry more out of market channels (not required to carry, just allowed - and not any channel, any where - just listed "significantly viewed" channels).
     
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    I thought NO Dish sub has DNS or can be grandfathered because Dish's sloppy record keeping. Some people are claiming to have DNS and are grand fathered. If that is true how do I get my distants back? I had NY/LA and my LiL's before the take down. I had been served by AAD until they ceased operation.....
     
  18. cpalmer2k

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    Dish doesn't have DNS per say but they do import nearby signals in markets that aren't served by an affiliate in their area. Small markets that don't have a CW for example might get one from a nearby DMA on the same spotbeam
     
  19. James Long

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    Correct ... DISH offers distant channels on their own terms - within the limitations of the law.

    Instead of offering a national set of channels from one or two markets where the subscriber gets the network(s) they qualify for, DISH offers a distant channel from a market of DISH's choosing. In some places DISH offers a significantly viewed channel, not a distant. DISH does not mess around with waivers or grandfathering. They keep it simple by only using distants to fill out markets where no other stations are available for that network.

    The distant channels are included at no extra charge in packages that include local channels.

    (BTW: The laws that allow subscribers to receive distants do not require satellite providers to provide distants.)
     

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