ATVA’s New Trick: Slow Rolling Next Generation TV

The American Television Alliance (ATVA), one of the leading voices of the pay-TV industry, has a big problem. Up until now, ATVA’s primary raison d’être (that’s French for “how do we get people to keep funding us”) has been retransmission consent. When pay-TV companies want to resell programming from local television stations, they typically negotiate … Continue reading ATVA’s New Trick: Slow Rolling Next Generation TV

Dishceptive Advertising

It’s not at all uncommon for us to find ourselves marveling at DISH’s signature cocktail of chutzpah and hypocrisy. DISH is the common denominator in roughly three out of four service disruptions resulting from retransmission consent impasses, yet, when its customers lose access to programming they value because of DISH’s intransigence, DISH brazenly rolls out … Continue reading Dishceptive Advertising

Time to Stick to the Facts and Find the Right Answer

These are exciting times. The long-anticipated broadcast television spectrum incentive auction is scheduled to begin in less than one week. Designing the reverse and forward auctions has been a herculean task, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff deserves a great deal of credit for bringing the auction to this point in a timely fashion. … Continue reading Time to Stick to the Facts and Find the Right Answer

The Best Things in Life Are Free (Even When You’re Worth More Than Half a Trillion Dollars)

“I don’t care how much money you have, free stuff is always a good thing.” - Queen Latifah While I don’t believe that Queen Latifah had Google in mind when she uttered this well-known line, she might as well have. Google has a lot of money. Not just a lot of money, but A LOT … Continue reading The Best Things in Life Are Free (Even When You’re Worth More Than Half a Trillion Dollars)

ATVA: What Acorn?

The American Television Alliance (ATVA) – the pay-TV industry’s leading voice these days – needs our collective help. It appears that our friends are suffering from a serious case of Chicken Little Syndrome. You remember Chicken Little, right? That’s the poor little chicken who believed that the sky was falling after she was hit on … Continue reading ATVA: What Acorn?

Some Changes for a More Balanced Auction

Yesterday, NAB filed a limited petition for reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent “Procedures Public Notice” laying out additional details concerning the forthcoming broadcast spectrum incentive auction. First, we’re asking the Commission to reconsider its decision to relocate TV stations in the duplex gap, which eliminates the only remaining exclusive use spectrum available … Continue reading Some Changes for a More Balanced Auction

What to Expect When You Are Expecting (TV White Spaces Comments)

Last month, NAB filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to amend certain rules governing the use of TV White Spaces (TVWS) devices. In particular, we asked the FCC to require fixed TVWS devices to eliminate the illusory notion of “professional installation,” an undefined concept that allows an installer to enter the location … Continue reading What to Expect When You Are Expecting (TV White Spaces Comments)