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 5,750 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 We seek to reform outdated rules that harm consumers and do not reflect today’s competitive video marketplace.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.

1 day ago
ATVA spox Trent Duffy joins @ACAConnects podcast with @MATTatACA and @RideTV’s John Simpson to discuss the #TVBlackout crisis and runaway #retrans fees:
1 month ago
Broadcasters broke the record for blackouts this year with 5 months left to go, @SteveScalise and @RepAnnaEshoo introduced the Modern Television Act of 2019 to #endtvblackouts, modernize our nation’s video laws and put consumers first.
1 month ago
If Congress fails to reauthorize STELAR:

- 870,000 Americans will lose access to their network TV from satellite
- More broadcaster blackouts

Tell Congress to #savestelar
1 month ago
Consumers have endured TV blackouts and skyrocketing fees for too long. It's time to fix and modernize our video laws: @GovWaste
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