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 We seek to reform outdated rules that harm consumers and do not reflect today’s competitive video marketplace.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

2 hours ago
Despite nearly $740M in revenue in Q3 of 2020 alone, @TEGNA demands more retransmission fees – blacking out more than 60 local news stations from DirectTV and AT&T U-verse customers, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and more. #StopTheBlackouts
5 days ago
#BigBroadcast giving “Black Friday” a whole new meaning – threatening to blackout your signal and cut access to important local news coverage this holiday weekend.
4 weeks ago
Looks like #BigBroadcast is going to be just fine.

“Retransmission fee revenue at publicly traded local TV companies saw a median year-over-year increase of 37%, possibly driven by spikes in viewership...”

More via @pewresearch ➡️
4 weeks ago
ICYMI via @pewresearch: #BigBroadcast is not doing as poorly as you might think… As more Americans turn to nightly news, @WeAreSinclair rakes in more than $1 billion in Q2 of 2020.
4 weeks ago
New @pewresearch study reports #BigBroadcast is doing just fine, despite what they’d have you believe. With help from an extra $87.5 million of outrageous retransmission consent fees:
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