[opendtv] Re: News: ACA To Take Aim at FCC After Sinclair/Mediacom Retrans Deal

I actually rather like Gainesville and my new job but have no intention of ignoring a silly situation in the local TV industry. And personally I do believe that publicly complaining about stupid things tends to help get them changed. I'm not a public figure but every little bit helps.


For instance, since we've continued this, I'll propose that, after maybe 90 days of non-carriage for contract negotiation reasons, any broadcaster should face the choice of binding arbitration or loss of monopoly. We can let the voters choose that one.

I suppose we could come up with some other ideas to if we really wanted to.

BTW, I do not choose a city of residence based upon OTA or cable TV reception. Do you?

- Tom


John Willkie wrote:
I'm sorry, but my characterization of your complaint is spot on.

There is no debate possible to your desires.  Do I debate that you don't
really need what you think you need?

I give you facts.  You don't care.  I give you options.  No, you want to eat
your cake and have it too.

When I visit a city, just about the first thing I do is to see what tv
service I get and map networks to channel numbers.  Did you blindly move to
Gainesville?

Methinks you're unhappy with the choices you've made.  Perhaps you didn't
know you were making the choices.  Sounds like a personal problem.

John Willkie

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John Willkie wrote:

Tom;

There is no need for change on this.  UPN and theWB had -- and probably

the

CW still has -- cable-only affiliates, and LPTV affiliates in areas

where

they desired coverage and no full service stations were available.


Well, the CW broadcast Smallville and Veronica Mars in HD but my cable
company and ABC broadcaster don't carry it.  So I personally do see the
need for change.


NBC, ABC and CBS WANT affiliates that do local news; they have higher
standards, and I've mentioned this on this list to you a number of

times.

IF a cable system really wanted to affiliate with a major network, all

they

would need is to agree to program a channel with local news.  None have

the

cojones to do this.

Screw local news.  Do you really think NBC prefers we not be able to
watch it at all?  And personally I feel there should be a franchise
organization providing (minimal) local news to all takers.  If it can't
be done that way then it is probably not profitable anyway.


EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS DON'T GO MORE THAN 35 MILES FROM THE TRANSMITTER SITE.
Anything else is actionable under anti-trust law, and if the broadcaster
lost, they would lose their license, either at the next license renewal,

or

earlier by an FCC action.

Your whining about this is childish.  If you REALLY wanted NBC, you

would

get DBS or a big ugly dish.  Since you're in an NBC white area, you

could

get out-of-market NBC. Literally, nobody can stop you.


> John Willkie

Your characterization of my comments as whining is obnoxious, and not
really conducive to debate.  I stand by my previously stated opinions on
this one.

- Tom



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From a selfish point of view I'd like to see retrans consent laws
changed such that after a few months of failed negotiations and no HD
NBC in my city the cable company would also be free to deal with distant
network sources.

It is annoying to think that a broadcaster whose distant signal I can't
receive anyway can have exclusive rights to choose to not deliver in my
area.

Likewise for the CW channel which has cut a deal for SD carriage as a
sub-channel with the local ABC broadcaster.  If the HD channel is
available somewhere else the cable company should be able to negotiate
to carry it.

I realize there are precedents and rationales for all of this but it
still seems unnecessary restraint of trade to me and not really in my
interests as a consumer, voter, and taxpayer.  We need to apply some
sort of use-it-or-lose it guidelines to network IP rights.

- Tom


John Willkie wrote:


Since the Fed won't go anything about it, I think Congress has to do
something that requires bankers to hand out money to anybody who asks.

I'm going to call my banker friend and see what he thinks about it.

John Willkie
EtherGuide Systems





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ACA To Take Aim at FCC After Sinclair/Mediacom Retrans Deal
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/5/2007 4:24:00 PM

Look for the American Cable Association to take aim at the
FCC and broadcasters in the wake of Friday's retransmission consent
deal between Sinclair and cable operator Mediacom.
Matthew Polka, President of ACA, which represents smaller and
mid-sized cable operators, told B&C the group was preparing to issue
a statement expressing its displeasure with the FCC and calling for
Congressional action on retransmission consent.

"FCC has completely abdicated its public authority to regulate
retransmission consent for the benefit of consumers," Polka said,
arguing that the deal was a case not of the marketplace working, but
of Sinclair leveraging "every benefit of federal rules to the
detriment of consumers."

The FCC concluded that Sinclair had not bargained in bad faith and
that it did not have the power to force the broadcaster to restore
stations it had pulled from Mediacom Jan. 6. FCC Chairman Kevin
Martin encouraged arbitration, but backed up the Media Bureau's
decision that it could not intervene, even though a couple of
powerful Congressmen suggested it could.

He said that the retransmission consent process unfairly
disadvantages his member companies, but more importantly the
subscribers to those companies, because they wind up paying more than
the subs of big cable companies like Time Warner, with which Sinclair
struck a deal just before Mediacom, but without pulling any stations

from its systems to get the deal done.


Polka suggested that there appeared to be "no amount of behavior on
broadcasters part that amounts to bad faith," adding, "That process
is not usable."

Saying the Sinclair/Mediacom deal solved nothing, Polka added that
there are "millions of other consumers who stand to be harmed,"
citing the hundreds of millions CBS's Les Moonves says he expects to
get for his stations in the next round of retransmission consent
negotiations over the next couple of years.

The National Association of Broadcasters declined comment and
Sinclair had not returned a call at press time.


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