toggle

AAPL Stock: 107.72 ( -5.04 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

John McCain introduces bill promoting 'a la carte' television offering

updated 09:34 pm EDT, Thu May 9, 2013

Bill also proposes total elimination of sporting broadcast blackout rules

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, aimed at migrating away from the cable industry practice of bundling, and moving the entire industry top to bottom towards "a la carte" offerings. The act as it stands is voluntary, offering incentives to companies operating in accordance with the directive, rather than severely penalizing recalcitrant companies for noncompliance.

"My legislation would eliminate regulatory barriers to a la carte by freeing up multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) - like, cable, satellite and others offering video services - to offer any video programming service on an a la carte basis," said McCain introducing his legislation.

The effort isn't entirely without penalties for noncompliance. McCain added that "if the MVPD does not offer a broadcast station -- and any other channels owned by the broadcaster -- on an a la carte basis, the MVPD cannot rely on the compulsory license to carry those broadcast stations." Broadcasters not offering individual channels for sale would suffer the loss of the compulsory copyright license, which allows broadcasters to retransmit content without obtaining permission from the copyright holder.

Also embedded in the new legislation is language eradicating pro-sports "blackout rules" that prevent live events from being seen under an assortment of circumstances. Any stadium or venue paid for in part with taxpayer funds would be required to eliminate broadcast blackout rules, including geographical, attendance, and other arcane rules established to attempt to keep stadium attendance high.


TV Consumer Freedom Act








by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...

MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual i ...

toggle

Most Commented