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Federal Communications Commission To Update Media Marketplace Rules

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WASHINGTON, March 4, 2011 — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday moved to tweak the rules governing the terms on which cable companies and satellite operators can re-transmit the signals of broadcasters in the wake of several high-profile disputes that often left consumers in the dark at critical programming moments.

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Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Featured Clash of Views Between Broadcasters and Cable Companies

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WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – on Friday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event on May 18, 2010: “New Transmission Consent Battles and Licensing Video Content.”

The event included key industry officials from the cable, broadcast and public interest communities, and was moderated by Sarah Lai Stirland, Assistant Managing Editor,

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Experts Debate Retransmission Consent Rules

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WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 – Retransmission consent rules were established decades ago and many communications experts are arguing that it’s time to reevaluate them. At a Intellectual Property Breakfast Club, members of the broadband environment voiced their opinions and concerns about retransmission consent fees

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Disney’s Economic Analysis of Cable Video Programming Costs Flawed, Argues Time Warner Cable

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2010 — An economic analysis of cable television prices and video programming costs filed with the Federal Communications Commission this April by the Walt Disney Company can’t be trusted because it considers the wrong factors in its analysis, according to a group of economic consultants with Charles River Associates.

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Discovery, Ovation and Starz Side With Cable and Telcos Against Broadcasters In Retrans Consent Fee Dispute

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2010 — The rules governing the terms on which cable and telecommunications companies get to retransmit broadcasters’ signals definitely need an update, said a group of independent programmers in several recent filings with the Federal Communications Commission.

The filings, from Discovery Communications, The Africa Channel, C-Span, Ovation, Retirement Living TV and Starz, all complain that federal law grants broadcasting companies too much power, and that has resulted in independent programmers’ increasing marginalization.

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Retrans-Consent: Be Careful What You Ask For!

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With the recent battle between Cablevision and Disney over Retransmission Consent in New York regarding WABC-TV carriage on Cablevisions 3.1 million subscribers, and thereby producing a coalition of Cable Providers to petition the FCC to intervene in negotiations, is akin to the saying: (be careful what you ask for).

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Cable, Satellite Execs Spar with Broadcasters on Retransmission Consent

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WASHINGTON, February 25, 2009 – House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said it is important that Congress pass a bill preserving satellite viewers’ access to broadcast television. But new technology could make other compulsory licenses for broadcast programming obsolete.

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