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 We seek to reform outdated rules that harm consumers and do not reflect today’s competitive video marketplace.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

6 days ago
#BigBroadcast should leave the fumbling to football.

3 million DISH TV customers will cry foul as they settle in to watch this weekend’s game and realize it’s unavailable. It’s time for Congress to block these blackouts →
6 days ago
As #BigBroadcast continues to prioritize profits over people, 3 million customers in 53 markets are being left in the dark due to @TEGNA’s latest blackout. It's time for Congress to protect Americans from these blackouts.
6 days ago
#BigBroadcast fumbles again, this time ruining gameday for millions of Americans. @TEGNA is blacking out football games for 3 million customers in 53 U.S. markets this weekend. It’s time for Congress to block these blackouts →
7 days ago
While #BigBroadcast hikes #retrans fees, customers are left on the sidelines. This week, millions of football fans will miss their favorite game thanks to @TEGNA’s latest blackout.

Let’s block these blackouts →
1 week ago
Football has returned – and so have #BigBroadcast blackouts. Thanks to @TEGNA, 3 million Americans will miss this weekend’s big game. As broadcast conglomerates continue to drop the ball 🏈 , it’s time for Congress to act. Read the article now:
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