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camper
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FCC Chief Proposing to End U.S. Rule on Cable Program Shari

»www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-1···ing.html

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has proposed to end U.S. rules that require cable companies to share programming with competitors, two agency officials said.

The so-called program access rules would be allowed to expire Oct. 5 under a proposal Genachowski, a Democrat, placed before fellow commissioners today, said the officials who spoke on condition they not be identified because the matter hasn’t been made public.

The rules prohibit cable companies from refusing to share programming they own with competitors such as DirecTV (DTV) and Dish Network Corp. (DISH) Both satellite providers asked the FCC to extend the rules to protect their access to content including regional sports networks.

The regulations, imposed 20 years ago to help fledgling services compete against dominant cable companies, aren’t needed now that cable serves less than 60 percent of pay-television households, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association said in a filing. Members of the Washington-based trade group include leading U.S. cable provider Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and No. 2 Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC)


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

well directv can play some real hardball comcast will be in hard place with out root sports


gustavenla68

join:2011-02-24
Carlisle, PA

said by Joe12345678:

well directv can play some real hardball comcast will be in hard place with out root sports

I doubt that because the Comcast(NBC) Sports network is far more powerfull.

Root:
Utah Jazz
Seattle Mariners
Colarado Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Penguins

Comcast Sports:
Houston Rockets
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Sixers
Philadelphia Phillies
Portland Trailblazers
Vancouver Canucks
Boston Celtics
Washington Wizzards
Washington Capitals
Chicago Bulls
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Soxs
Chicago Blackhawks
Oakland A's
Sacromental Kings
San Jose Sharks
Sacromento Kings
San Francisco Giants
Golden State Warriors


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
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·Verizon Online DSL
·Comcast

so the root sports fans would be out of luck if directv played hardball with comcast? If so I will definitely be switching to dish network. I can't go without my pirates or penguins and they both just resigned with root sports recently unless comcast buys out root sports.



telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
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Well, according to an article last week on the Broadcasting & Cable site (»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···nset.php), the FCC says they will be looking to prevent any problems with competitive access to RSNs:


In launching its review of the rules last March (»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···ules.php), the FCC pondered dropping the outright ban but retaining access mandates for satellite-delivered regional sports nets and other unique programming for which the FCC decides there is no substitute.

The FCC chairman decided not to go that route, according to a source. Instead, as the commission said last March when teeing up its various options, it decided to "sunset the exclusive contract prohibition in its entirety and instead relying solely on existing protections." Specifically the case-by-case consideration of complaints about exclusive contracts under current prohibitions on "deceptive practices."


telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
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Looks like Google is running into this RSN access issue for its Fiber TV and Internet service in Kansas City:

Sportsmanship a problem as Google Fiber prepares its video lineup
Rights to broadcast local sports games at heart of controversy

By Jim Barthold, FierceIPTV - September 24, 2012
»www.fierceiptv.com/story/sportsm···12-09-24



cypherstream
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Reading, PA
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reply to gustavenla68

DirecTV doesn't even have ANY phillies baseball or hockey. I have premier and say phillies is playing on another sports net, I get a message saying its blacked out and it's searching for programming on other channels. Maybe once in a blue moon it will find it on WPHL 17 but that's rare.


TurboDan

join:2006-06-08
Lavallette, NJ
reply to camper

"In a related story, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski reports the brand new Range Rover purchased for him by the cable industry's lobbyists provides an excellent driving experience, both on-road and off."


TurboDan

join:2006-06-08
Lavallette, NJ
reply to cypherstream

said by cypherstream:

DirecTV doesn't even have ANY phillies baseball or hockey. I have premier and say phillies is playing on another sports net, I get a message saying its blacked out and it's searching for programming on other channels. Maybe once in a blue moon it will find it on WPHL 17 but that's rare.

The "terrestrial loophole" (created by former Sen. Arlen Specter, whose largest campaign contributor, coincidentally, happened to be Comcast) is technically "closed" now, however Comcast is still denying DirecTV and Dish access to CSN Philly.

This is essentially the only market in the country where this happens and as a result, not only are satellite customers screwed out of local sports, but legal filings have alleged Comcast has overcharged customers $875 million. Also as a result, satellite penetration in the PHL market is among the lowest in the nation.

Comcast is in the business of screwing over everyone in its path, including its own customers. It truly is the most customer-unfriendly, despicable corporation operating today.

dragonphan

join:2011-07-28
Lafayette Hill, PA

I recently read an article where Comcast is contending that they're offering CSN Philly to Directv at "market rates", but they've turned it down. My assumption is that "market rates" is so astronomical that if Directv accepted, it would probably raise all subscribers rates significantly.


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to telcodad

well is there any chance of say the fcc saying that if you buy any of the out market packs that there can be NO black out on them at all even for local games not you your system on the main channel pack.

Or even like the old cable law saying you can buy limited basic and hbo.



telcodad
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According to this article on the Broadcasting & Cable site today, "... Comcast is under its own exclusivity ban, per the NBCU deal conditions, until 2018":

Comcast's Cohen: No Justification for Exclusivity Ban
Says he doesn't see business model for national Google Fiber build-out

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - September 26, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···_Ban.php



telcodad
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said by telcodad:

Looks like Google is running into this RSN access issue for its Fiber TV and Internet service in Kansas City:

Sportsmanship a problem as Google Fiber prepares its video lineup
Rights to broadcast local sports games at heart of controversy

By Jim Barthold, FierceIPTV - September 24, 2012
»www.fierceiptv.com/story/sportsm···12-09-24

Time Warner Cable's response to the FCC: TWC has absolutely offered, and continues to offer, what the FCC describes as Metro Sports' 'must-have' live regional sports programming -- men's and women's Division I basketball -- at fair and reasonable prices ..."

TWC: We Are Offering Must-Have K.C. Sports To Google Fiber TV
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - September 26, 2012
»www.multichannel.com/news-articl···v/139462

EDIT: Also a DSLReports news item on this now: »Incumbents Blocking Google Fiber Access to Sports Channels?


telcodad
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FYI - The latest news on this:

Pending Program Access Item Draws Crowd
Industry players make last ditch pitches as vote nears

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - September 27, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···rowd.php


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to camper

The cable co should be trying to amend the law so they can get stuff like NFL Sunday ticket



DrDrew
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said by Joe12345678:

The cable co should be trying to amend the law so they can get stuff like NFL Sunday ticket

Totally different situation...

NFL offers the channel, cable doesn't want to bid higher than the 1 BILLION dollar per year price DirecTV is paying to get it.
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If it's important, back it up... twice. Even 99.999% availability isn't enough sometimes.


telcodad
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Yes, from: »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_Sunday_Ticket

Currently, American satellite provider DirecTV has exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket in the United States until the contract expires at the end of the 2014–15 season (»www.multichannel.com/content/nfl···xtension). Prior to the NFL's latest television deal, other satellite and cable providers were allowed to bid on the rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket if they agreed to carry the NFL Network. However, DirecTV still won exclusivity for the package, bidding over $700 million a year to do so. This has long been one of DirecTV's selling points to consumers, and thus likely explains the large premium they pay for the privilege. Still, the NFL has indicated that another reason they accepted DirecTV's bid was to limit the availability of the product so that the television networks and especially their local affiliates would be protected.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

but in Canada The lack of exclusivity for any provider. Was due to laws saying no to exclusivity.

also now days television networks and especially their local affiliates would be protected.

They can just put local ad's into the games on cable now days if they wanted to.



telcodad
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According to this article on the Broadcasting & Cable site tonight, the FCC is expected to vote on this tomorrow or Thursday:

Markey Asks FCC to Retain Ban On Exclusive Contracts
Tells Genachowski that rules are still needed to prevent withholding of must-have sports and entertainment programming

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - October 2, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···acts.php



telcodad
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Today's update:

NCTA: Rebuttable Presumptions Would Be De Facto Extension of Program Access
Tells FCC not to adopt "last-ditch" effort to extend rules it has said are outdated

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - October 3, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···cess.php



telcodad
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This article just appeared on the Broadcasting & Cable site:

Sources: FCC Order Lifting Exclusivity Ban Is Mostly Intact
Additional proposed protections for access to RSNs and other programming will be teed up in separate rulemaking proposal

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - October 4, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···tact.php



telcodad
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2 edits

An article on the Broadcasting & Cable site now that "according to sources," the FCC has now voted to sunset the ban on exclusive contracts:

FCC Sunsets Ban on Exclusive Contracts
Vote is 5-0,with commissioner Robert McDowell concurring on the NRPM

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - October 5, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···acts.php

EDIT: A follow-up article:

FCC Exclusivity Ban Sunset Draws Interested Stares
Rockefeller warns Congress might have to step in if anticompetitive behavior is spurred

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - October 5, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···ares.php

EDIT2: And:

Commissioners Weigh In On Access Ban Votes
Chairman focuses on protections that remain for program access

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - October 5, 2012
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···otes.php