TELL CONGRESS: End Broadcaster TV Blackouts Now


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Broadcasters often unilaterally remove their channels from TV lineups, blacking out content from cable and satellite subscribers. Broadcasters then hold their channels for ransom until TV providers agree to pay more – the same channels that are available free over-the-air. These payments to broadcasters for “free” TV– so-called retrans fees – have soared in recent years, going from $200 million in 2006 to $11.7 billion in 2019 (an astounding 5,359 percent increase). Retrans fees are padding broadcasters’ bottom lines and costing customers billions more every year with no sign of stopping. Retrans fees are the fastest rising part of your monthly pay TV bill.

In the last decade, Broadcasters have weaponized TV blackouts, targeting live sports and other must-see TV on channels like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC to inflict maximum pain on innocent consumers.


The ATVA’s mission is simple: to give consumers a voice and protect them from abusive broadcaster behavior. We seek to reform outdated rules that harm consumers and do not reflect today’s competitive video marketplace. We are united in our determination to ensure the best viewing experience at an affordable price and to end the menace of intentional broadcaster blackouts.

3 days ago
NEW POLL: Majority of consumers say broadcasters should NOT be permitted to pull their signal while negotiating #retrans fees.
3 days ago
NEW POLL: 71% of consumers say broadcasters shouldn’t be allowed to abuse outdated laws, and 68% say broadcasters are operating in bad faith and laws need to be updated.
1 week ago
Broadcasters want Congress to pull the plug on 870,000 Americans and kill FCC’s limited authority to ensure good faith negotiations. And now they’re running deceptive ads. Hopefully Congress and viewers aren’t buying it. @eggerton has the scoop:
3 weeks ago
We couldn't agree more. #STELAR is the perfect opportunity for Congress to review our outdated video laws, fix our broken #retrans system, and end #TVBlackouts
3 weeks ago
This fan might have been the biggest winner of last night’s @Eagles @packers game but the real losers were the millions of football fans blacked out by @NFLonFOX
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