Hill’s Congress Blog: The Third Circuit Shows It Lives in Another era with ruling on Media Ownership

In a 2-1 decision last week, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals squashed recent efforts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deregulate media ownership rules, which would have allowed local news outlets across the country to adapt and thrive. Instead, a 40-year-old rule restricting cross-ownership of a newspaper and TV station in the […]

The Divergence Between Reality and TV Ownership Regulations

The Internet revolution is changing our lives in terms of how we shop, where we work, how we bank, how we communicate and get local news, and where we receive music and video content. However, while there has been an explosion of local news and content sources online, the regulations that govern related markets have […]

The FCC Needs to Continue Progress on Broadcast Ownership Rules

The media landscape today bears little resemblance to what it was 20 or even 10 years ago. New platforms are emerging, transforming the market and giving consumers an unprecedented selection of news and entertainment accessible through a dizzying array of devices and systems. But archaic government regulations have been slow to adapt to this new […]

Hundreds of Local TV Stations Have Moved to New Channels; Here’s What Viewers Need to Know

More than 140 TV stations in over 20 media markets throughout the United States — including Phoenix, Memphis, and Salt Lake City — have moved to new channels, and hundreds more will follow suit in the next 18 months. Households in these areas who use an antenna to watch free broadcasts need to rescan their […]

KidVid: Some Regulations Outlive Their Purpose

The 1990 Children’s Television Act recommended broadcast TV stations to include some educational programming for children (so called KidVid). Six years later, the Congressional tone had become strident and the FCC demanded mandatory compliance on KidVid specifications covering amount of programming, scheduling, and a ban on adverts. Failure to comply would mean failure to qualify […]

Content is King, Not the Device or the Platform

Consumers welcome a variety of competing electronic sources and delivery pathways for entertainment and news, but content dictates the winner.  Consumers usually have multiple platforms (TV and cable box, PC and smartphone) for digital messaging, streaming video, and TV programs from over the air, mobile wireless, cable and satellite formats. Each of the streaming and […]

How Sustainable is Binge Watching?

“Binge” watching is watching multiple movies or multiple episodes of a TV series in a single sitting.  Three quarters of streaming service consumers say they “binge watch” at least some of the time.  Delighted by an extensive library of movies and TV series, many are able to see an episode they missed or something they […]

Forbes: One Reform the FCC Should Avoid

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has been calling for the FCC to reconsider the broadcaster exclusivity rule. At first blush, getting rid of rules sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t want more deregulation?  The problem is this isn’t the comprehensive video market reform that would unwind 70 years of video regulation in […]

Retransmission Consent Regulations Will Lead to a Half Trillion in Consumer Welfare Losses

ACI Study Finds Retransmission Consent Will Discourage Broadcasters from Spectrum Auctions Could Lead to One-Half Trillion in Consumer Welfare Losses  WASHINGTON, DC (December 4, 2013) – A new study by the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) finds that regulations put in place over twenty years ago to protect TV broadcast stations from […]

Spectrum Auction Challenges Addessed in Ball State University Webinar: Panelists — Pociask, Hazelett and Kovacs

On October 14, 2013, the Digital Policy Institute hosted a seminar moderated by Barry Umansky, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Policy Counsel at the Digital Policy Institute and Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University.  A panel of experts discussed the upcoming auction to repurpose spectrum from TV station broadcast to wireless broadband use.  The Panel consisted […]