From Multichannel News: "With the stroke of a pen, the relatively drama-free STELAR Act (HR 5728) became law Thursday (Dec. 4) after the President signed the bill, which reauthorizes the satellite compulsory distant signal license for another five years, and makes some retransmission consent-related changes, as well as sunsetting the FCC's ban on integrated set-tops after a year." (Click the link above for more.) One item I asked about, without a reply, is the new STELAR's affect on superstations for those of us who still subscribe to them on Dish. When I read the bill, it's mostly "add this phrase" or "substitute this sentence" on the law that it's renewing, so I'm not sure whether it somehow removed the supers' authorization or (my guess) left them alone for another five years. Since no one ever even mentions these guys, I'm thinking that they might stay alive until the whole law gets rewritten, which could happen if Congress actually rolls up its sleeves to address the whole Communications Act.