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Retrans reform and exclusivity rules top Wheeler’s media agenda

August 12, 2015 1:24 pm

Forget a quiet August in Washington. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler circulated no less than five items to the other four commissioners, including the expected notice of proposed rule making to review how the commission will define “good faith” negotiations in [...]

Mediacom and Media General settle retransmission dispute

July 30, 2015 9:34 am

Media General settled its retransmission consent standoff with Mediacom Communications late Wednesday. The new retransmission consent agreement returned Media General stations to Mediacom cable systems in 14 markets after a two-week blackout. The dispute between the two companies was [...]

FCC’s MVPD proceeding: the next divisive issue

July 17, 2015 2:00 pm

Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify some online video providers as multichannel video programming distributors is going to be another divisive, partisan issue—an all-too familiar pattern at the agency. The gist of the proposal would result in over the top [...]

FCC starts process on Mediacom’s retrans petition

July 17, 2015 10:25 am

As the retransmission debate in Washington cranks up yet again, the Federal Communications Commission is taking up Mediacom Communications’ petition calling for the FCC to prohibit TV stations from blocking online programming during negotiations. Comments on Mediacom’s petition are [...]

Shocker: Broadcasters lose in court to TV streamer FilmOn

July 16, 2015 7:08 pm

Broadcasters were dealt a huge setback Thursday when a district judge ruled FilmOn was entitled to a compulsory license to stream broadcasters’ signals over the Internet. The highly technical decision is in stark contrast to a ruling against streamer Ivi and the Supreme Court ruling against [...]

Mediacom-Media General retrans dispute stokes policy debate

July 15, 2015 2:06 pm

When the retransmission consent issue heats up in Washington, there is almost always a political poster child. This time, it’s the fee dispute between Media General and Mediacom Communications, that resulted in a blackout Tuesday of TV stations in 14 markets. The standoff comes just as the [...]

NAB accuses retrans reformers of manufacturing a crisis [updated]

July 14, 2015 11:39 am

Broadcasters warned the Federal Communications Commission that retransmission reform advocates of “manufacturing” disputes to “spur the government to regulate more heavily.” The FCC is about to tread into the thorny, never-ending debate over the retransmission consent regime as prescribed [...]
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