Affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are asking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to revive a years-old proposal to regulate some over-the-top video providers, providers currently beyond the agency’s reach in terms of program access and must-carry/retransmission consent rules.
The affiliates want the FCC to impose a 39% ownership cap on the networks to keep the networks’ power in check. But that’s not what regulations are for — they should protect the public, not one business from another.
Hulu has extended its lead among virtual MVPD operators for local station sign-ups, announcing that it now has deals to retransmit 521 local broadcast affiliates across the U.S. With the addition of more ABC and Fox affiliates this week, Hulu said it can now offer locals for each of the Big Four broadcast networks in nearly 50% of U.S. TV homes.
Hulu has announced the addition of 61 second-city and small-town broadcast network affiliates to its virtual MVPD service. With the addition, Hulu Live now has access to 492 broadcast network O&Os and affiliates across its national footprint.
My in-depth and comprehensive content analysis of the mega-group’s news-producing stations suggest that it just might be. I wonder if David Smith knows about this.
To the dismay of their affiliates, CBS, Disney and Fox included in their “regulatory underbrush” wish list a request that the FCC do away with the 59-year-old network rep rule. Bad move. FCC Chairman Pai has presented broadcasting with a rare opportunity to get rid of some truly useless rules and to streamline others. The networks and the affiliates need to avoid mucking things up with an internecine fight.
Fox has created a national feed of Fox programming that Hulu is substituting for Fox affiliates until they settle their differences. Fox apparently wants to make sure that it sets the lowest possible benchmarks for compensating affiliates, even though they contribute much with their local news and popular syndicated shows. Fox should be encouraging affiliates’ enthusiastic participation with compensation equal to their true value.
CBS makes its re-entry into the St. Joseph, Mo., media market today with the debut of a new station owned by News-Press & Gazette Co.
Telemundo 20 San Diego will air its first weekday local newscasts, Noticiero Telemundo 20, at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. on July 3. The station’s new website, Telemundo 20.com, and dedicated station app, Telemundo 20, will launch on June 1 with local news and weather information.
NAB said today that Fox Television and The CW will host meetings with their affiliated station representatives at the NAB Show in Las Vegas (April 22-27). Also, the affiliate boards of directors of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will once again hold meetings during the NAB Show.
Citing the large amount of preparation necessary to meet recently set FCC deadlines for next year’s spectrum auction, it, along with the ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates associations, asks for an extension of time in which to file comments and replies in the FCC’s proceeding on good faith retransmission consent negotiation rulemaking.
Affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, are asking the FCC to condition its approval of the AT&T-DirecTV merger on DirecTV carrying local TV stations in all 210 local markets. Currently, the satellite operator does not carry the stations in 11 markets.
The agreement covers 10 stations and runs through 2019. “Scripps is one of the largest owners of ABC affiliates, and we look forward to continuing our long-time collaboration with them,” said John Rouse, SVP of affiliate relations for ABC. Terms were not disclosed.
All Fox, CW affiliates to gather next week, along with affiliate boards of directors of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.
All Fox, CW affiliates to gather, along with affiliate boards of directors of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.