looks like a nother nice lunch for the fcc guys on behalf of the NAB...
local local localOriginally posted by Steve Mehs
In its filing, the SBCA said "there is no evidence whatever supporting the proposition that carry-one, carry-all will preserve even a single broadcast station that otherwise would go dark."
I agree wholeheartedly with this. "Must carry" does nothing beyond imposing a very difficult hurdle for the DBS industry, that's all it does. Whether or not any existing TV stations go belly-up in the future due to technology, is not the responsibility of DBS, or Cable, or the FCC, or anyone else. Their survival will depend on their ability to attract an audience for their "product" ... period.
"Nevertheless, they argue that this purpose is not content-based because there is no difference between the content of the programming offered on network affiliates and that offered on less watched stations," the filing said.
Oh really? What an absolutely absurd statement that one is. It insults the intelligence of anyone reading it, I should think. If there were no difference in program content, the network television would not command a majority of the viewing audience, as they have year in and year out since TV began.