ATVA Pushes Retrans Reform in New Online Video

The American Television Alliance has created a new video -- it appears on YouTube and the group's website -- urging viewers to contact their representatives about 'updating' retrans.

The video, entitled "Retrans Rules: Totally 90s. Totally Broken," portrays retrans rules as an outdated holdover from the 90s. "Contact your representative or senator and ask them to update retransmission consent rules."

ATVA has long pushed the FCC to prevent blackouts during retrans impasses and to refer them to arbitration, among other reforms.

The online video is being rolled out the same day that ATVA, whose members include major cable and satellite operators, took aim at CBS in its ongoing retrans battle with Time Warner Cable. "Broadcasters will keep jacking up retrans fees unless Congress steps in and protects consumers. It's time for video rules that were written in this century," ATVA said.

The CBS/TWC retrans battle has been heating up in recent days.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.