Cablevision Proposes Retrans Reforms

Cablevision Systems filed a proposal in the FCC's proceeding on retransmission consent reform to protect consumers from programming blackouts by implementing three reforms in the retransmission consent process. The proposal came in comments submitted in response...

Cablevision Systems filed a proposal in the FCC's proceeding on retransmission consent reform to protect consumers from programming blackouts by implementing three reforms in the retransmission consent process. The proposal came in comments submitted in response to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on retransmission consent.

The three key reforms proposed in Cablevision's filing were:



  • Forbid tying: End the practice of requiring the carriage of unrelated cable channels, owned by broadcasters, in order to also carry their broadcast networks.


  • Require transparency: End the practice of allowing broadcasters to keep their prices for carrying broadcast stations secret. Retransmission fees should be public.


  • Forbid discrimination: Allow broadcasters to continue to set the price of carriage, but do not allow them to discriminate among cable and satellite providers based on size or other factors.


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