Lobbying groups representing big and small cable operators offered conflicting views on the Television Consumer Freedom Act proposed by Sen. John McCain (R.- Ariz.).
Turner Sports said Tuesday that TBS will begin running the NCAA Final Four men's national semifinal basketball games next year, and that in 2016 TBS will carry the NCAA national championship game, which has aired on CBS since 1982.
It's not often that you get to see a regulator interact casually with cable executives, as FCC commissioner Ajit Pai did on Wednesday during an appearance at the American Cable Association Summit. But ACA and its members take a much more personal approach to lobbying Congress and the FCC on key issues like retransmission consent, compared to major cable operators like Comcast.
Washington -- Prohibiting usage-based broadband billing would be as unfair as the federal government requiring all restaurants to offer consumers all-you-can-eat menus, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said here Monday at the American Cable Association Summit.
The dual problems of rising programming costs and cord cutters moving away from pay TV because of those higher costs is driving small cable operators to the brink of extinction, American Cable Association Matt Polka said during a conversation with FierceCable editor Steve Donohue.
American Cable Association President & CEO Matt Polka says that he expects some of his member cable companies will exit the pay TV business, and focus on selling broadband Internet access to subscribers turning to Internet video for home entertainment. In an interview with FierceCable , Polka details ACA's views on issues like usage-based broadband, lobbying efforts, and its unique partnership with Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, Verizon and other cable rivals pushing for retransmission-consent reform.
News Corp. will convert Speed Channel in August to a new national sports network called Fox Sports 1, the company said Tuesday.
The American Cable Association said it booked Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) to speak at its Washington Summit on March 13.
Questioning the accuracy of the FCC's National Broadband Map, the American Cable Association told the Commission it shouldn't allow CenturyLink, USTelecom and other providers to use federal subsidies to build broadband networks in areas that are already served by small cable operators.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), the Senate Commerce Committee chairman and longtime critic of cable operators and programmers, said he won't seek reelection in 2014.