The House of Representatives has passed a bill that renews the compulsory license allowing satellite operators Dish Network and DirecTV to import distant broadcast network TV station signals into markets that don't have a particular network affiliate.
Aereo never reached out to CBS to try to cut a content deal with the programmer, a step that may have altered the course of the startup. "We sell content to cable companies, satellite companies and the telcos and online companies," said CBS CEO Les Moonves. "We were open and willing to talk to them."
Updated: Aereo has released a statement responding to Wednesday's 6-3 ruling, in which the Supreme Court stated that Aereo's antenna-to-DVR-to-consumer service violates broadcasters' copyrights--a loss that could spell the end of the road for the SVOD provider.
In a speech to The Media Institute on Thursday, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly compared the commission to an ostrich, suggesting the FCC is putting its head in the sand by not quickly reacting to market conditions and modifying antiquated rules that do not reflect new realities.
Escalating a D.C.-based battle over retransmission fee policy, the broadcast industry-backed organization TVFreedom sent a letter Tuesday to the respective leaders of the House and Senate communications oversight subcommittees, pushing them to investigate pay TV pricing.
Looking to do some last-minute campaign managing as the U.S. Supreme Court decides the fate of its business model, Aereo debuted a video Monday that outlines how the company has "reinvented TV antennas" and lets users access them "from the cloud."
Every player within the TV entertainment space--broadcasters, cable and satellite service providers and consumer groups--has an opinion on retransmission fees. And now it seems that every interest group has formed an organization to front its stance. Most recently, broadcasters formed their own subset, TVFreedom, to seek consumer support in the industry's fight with the American Television Alliance (ATVA), the group representing cable and satellite providers.
First, Cable One said it won't pay what Viacom wants for its programming, and removed the channels from its linear lineup. Now, Viacom has said Cable One subscribers can't have access to its online content either, and has erected a blockade to keep them out.
Muscatine Power and Water, a local utility and digital cable TV provider in Iowa, has decided it would rather switch off than fight when it comes to the newly negotiated program carriage agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom. Multiple NTSC members, including one of the largest, Cable One, have also rejected the agreement.
LAS VEGAS--The broadcast industry has reached an "inflection point" where broadcast licensees, such as online video providers like Netflix, "can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told NAB Show attendees at a keynote here. And he warned that the industry needs to pivot or risk being overtaken by companies that are taking advantage of the changing technology landscape.