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.

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 We seek to reform outdated rules that harm consumers and do not reflect today’s competitive video marketplace.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

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3 weeks ago
Hey #Dayton! Wall Street giant @ApolloGlobal and @COXMG are holding the #SuperBowl hostage to boost their bottom line – which means you might not be able to watch the big game. Tell them to turn the back game on →
3 weeks ago
“We commend appropriators for supporting local journalism..." Hmmm... seems ironic coming from #BigBroadcast, who uses signal blackouts of local news stations to create disruption and extract greedy retransmission demands. https://t.co/YRC24PfMOB
3 weeks ago
. @apolloglobal and @COXMG just blacked out all local news to @DIRECTV subscribers in Mississippi – in the middle of a surging health crisis and just before the most televised sports event of the year. Glad to know that COVID relief package they received is being put to good use!
3 weeks ago
. @NABtweets, you cool with @apolloglobal taking the #SuperBowl away from @directv subscribers in Seattle, Dayton, Eureka, Greenwood, and Yuma? (CC: @DDTSports, @barstoolsports)
3 weeks ago
Hey #Seattle! Wall Street giant @ApolloGlobal and @COXMG are holding the #SuperBowl hostage to boost their bottom line – which means you might not be able to watch the big game. Tell them to turn the back game on →
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