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Public broadcasters approached the Federal Communications Commission this week complaining about a decision from the agency's Media Bureau concerning EchoStar's use of a second dish for reception of certain local TV stations.

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and PBS, in an application for review of the Media Bureau order filed Monday, said the bureau correctly found that EchoStar's use of a second dish violates the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA) and commission rules. However, they complained in the filing that the bureau's remedy for the second-dish use is inconsistent with SHVIA and FCC rules.

Specifically, APTS and PBS said the option to allow EchoStar to better publicize its second-dish use and wing satellite carriage for certain locals "is not sufficient to address the discriminatory treatment of the local broadcasters carried on wing satellites." Wing satellites refer to the spacecraft EchoStar is using to deliver a select slate of local TV channels to a second dish.

PBS stations are available via a single dish in all local TV packages EchoStar offers in the 36 cities it serves. Some PBS stations in some of the markets served are delivered via the second dish solution, which is offered free to subscribers.

APTS and PBS said the FCC should modify the bureau decision to require EchoStar to carry all local stations on its primary satellites. In addition, they said, "the commission should make it clear that the only way a two-dish strategy can be non-discriminatory is to require immediate and automatic installation of a free second dish as well as non-discriminatory treatment with regard to channel position, electronic program guide placement and picture quality."

Last month, the Media Bureau found that EchoStar's use of a second dish to deliver a select slate of local channels violated commission rules and the law. However, some complained that the bureau ruling was insufficient in addressing the second-dish issue and local station concerns.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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