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 We seek to reform outdated rules that harm consumers and do not reflect today’s competitive video marketplace.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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2 months ago
ICYMI: The Modern Television Act of 2021 will bring badly outdated video laws into the 21st century and correct dysfunction in the marketplace that raises prices and causes blackouts. Learn more: https://t.co/aecGpd6Hqg
2 months ago
Now is time to modernize the nation’s antiquated and dysfunctional video laws after broadcasters set a new record for blackouts targeting consumers — during a public health crisis. Our statement here: https://t.co/aecGpd6Hqg
2 months ago
👏👏👏 Thank you @SteveScalise and @RepAnnaEshoo for your bipartisan leadership and commitment to modernizing the nation’s video laws to protect American TV consumers.👇 https://t.co/aecGpd6Hqg
3 months 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 months 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
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