Tiny cable operators are, understandably, praising the FCC's decision to exempt them from regulatory fees while simultaneously proposing that satellite operators Dish and DirecTV be subject to per-sub charges.
Broadcasters, increasingly dependent on retransmission fees paid by pay TV providers--and in turn covered by pay TV subscribers--don't like an idea being floated around the Senate Commerce Committee that would give subscribers the choice of paying for broadcast services individually.
The American Cable Association and the American Television Alliance are taking the spirited communications battle over retransmission rules into the living room of pay-TV subscribers.
With programming costs accelerating upward, a number of smaller cable operators are thinking what was, just a few years ago, the unthinkable--ditching video services.
MCTV president Robert Gessner has been elected chairman of the American Cable Association, succeeding WOW! chairwoman Colleen Abdoulah, who had held the top ACA post since 2011.
The American Cable Association is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to impose regulatory fees on DBS providers DirecTV and Dish Network equal to those currently charged to cable providers.
The American Cable Association has publicly decried the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Aereo's SVOD service violates the copyrights of broadcasters.
In trying to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion, AT&T perhaps deliberately has opened itself up for the same level of criticism and scrutiny as Comcast in its ongoing quest to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion.
The American Cable Association has appealed for help from the FCC in its battle with Viacom's decision to block access to its online content for small cable operators Cable One, Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, and potentially other ACA members.
Aereo, the cloud-based antenna and DVR technology currently in a death struggle with broadcasters and the U.S. Justice Department over the right to exist, is moving ahead with plans to become an app in the Google Play store.