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Mvpd Agreements

“As a direct result of the merger, the MVPs, who entered into a broadcasting agreement with Media General and who, in their broadcast agreement agreements with Nexstar, had to accept acceptance clauses that increase the approval fees they pay for the former Media General stations by 11 to 125 percent, since rates are automatically reset at the Nexstar contract level for the remaining term of the agreements,” Lieberman wrote in the notice. [3] See z.B. www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/fcc-proposing-defining-linear-ovds-mvpds/134392 and www.cedmagazine.com/news/2014/09/fcc-signals-review-if-ott-companies-qualify-as-mvpds. 22. Nor do we believe that dbS providers need three-year notices more than their cable counterparts and that, therefore, the methodology of the joint proposal should not apply to them. DISH/AT-T note that “stations may change content, ownership and sometimes locations” between elections, and state that unlike cable operators who “have a local or at least regional presence and are therefore more familiar with these station changes and are therefore more familiar with these station changes . . . . DBS suppliers may never be in contact with “stations that do not actively negotiate transport agreements. As a result, according to DISH/AT-T, they need a greater need for “one-year election notifications [specifically mandatory transport stations] to update registrations and define transportation obligations for the next three years,” as the changes sometimes mean that the station “is not always eligible for further transportation.” It also estimates that about 15% of stations that change their voting or ownership status and/or network membership move from one cycle to the next. However, broadcasters are not required to provide information about “ownership” or “network membership” in transportation choice notifications.

As a result, the number of stations that change voting status is only a portion of the 15% of stations referred to in its filing. Given that the evidence of this procedure shows that only a minority of selected channels must circulate, there would probably be a very small number of stations that would change in a given election cycle, either in one or one status. However, it is not necessary to provide information on the content, ownership and location of the tower for DBS providers to be made available to broadcasters in three-year election notifications. Today, if broadcasters voluntarily pass this information on to suppliers, there is nothing in our new rules that will prevent them from doing so in the future. Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that it has entered into new distribution agreements with 30 multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs). The announcement of Retrans`s agreements, which contains few details such as the date of deals and the names of the MVPD, comes as Nexstar continues its acquisition of Media General. The deal would make Nexstar the second largest television group in the United States. In a former filing, Ross Lieberman, senior vice president of government affairs at the ACA, wrote that station clauses introduced in existing broadcast licensing agreements in nexstars could force many MVPs and millions of consumers to pay higher fees and comply with other “heavier conditions, which amount to at least $24 million in the first year.” According to Nexstar, the new agreements allow some 10 million subscribers “uninterrupted access to networks, local news and other programs.” 4.2 Disclosure Rules: The Communication Act continues to benefit MVPDs, which require broadcasters to negotiate in good faith with MVPDs for the authorization of the broadcast[13] and to prohibit broadcasters from negotiating exclusive broadcasting agreements with an MVPD.

In the absence of these provisions, broadcasters may be able to refuse to negotiate with MVPDs who wish to transmit these signals, thereby retaining their signals.