AT&T’s Misleading STELAR Campaign Does a Disservice

The below op-ed by NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith appeared in Broadcasting & Cable September 23. Nearly 30 years ago, Congress passed a bill representing a temporary fix to copyright law to boost competition to the cable industry. The bill — now known as STELAR — provided for a “distant signal license” that … Continue reading AT&T’s Misleading STELAR Campaign Does a Disservice

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

Eight unassailable facts regarding retransmission consent

With the pay-TV industry's continued effort to have Congress or the Federal Communications Commission change the retransmission consent process, here is a quick refresher with eight unassailable facts regarding the carriage negotiation process. 1.) Retransmission consent is the market-based negotiation process by which a broadcast station and cable operator negotiate the carriage terms of the broadcast signal. … Continue reading Eight unassailable facts regarding retransmission consent