Local TV stations would be prohibited from teaming up to negotiate retransmission-consent agreements with pay-TV distributors, under a proposal FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced Thursday.
WideOpenWest CEO Colleen Abdoulah will resign from the cable overbuilder on April 1, the company disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Cable operators will be able to deploy set-tops integrated with conditional access technology instead of using more expensive CableCARD modules, if a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Latta (R.-Ohio) and Rep. Gene Green (D.- Texas) becomes law.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of clashes between pay TV distributors and broadcasters may be Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm hired by Time Warner Cable in 2009 to help it persuade members of Congress and the FCC to reform retransmission-consent rules which have helped CBS Corp., Fox and Comcast's NBC demand increased fees to carry their TV stations.
As FierceCable details in a special report today, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has some of the highest-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C., with its salaries totaling more than $26 million in 2011.
Broadcasters may not be able to use the threat of blackouts to squeeze increased retransmission-consent fees from pay TV providers, if Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) wins support for a bill released Monday.
Time Warner Cable may have ended its blackout of CBS Corp. owned-and-operated stations and Showtime Networks on Monday, but the MSO is stepping up its push to reform retransmission-consent rules.
Cable operators need the FCC to open up more spectrum in the 5 GHz band to meet demand from subscribers for next-generation Wi-Fi services, the American Cable Association said in a filing at the commission on Thursday.
Entone struck a unique pact with consumer electronics giant LG which could help the company, best known for supplying gear to IPTV providers, sell home video gateways and over-the-top video set-tops to cable operators.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators lost about 2.5 million video subscribers between 2010 and 2012, according to the FCC's annual video competition report.