Dear Speedway Digital TV Service Subscriber,
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas—the TV schedule is filled with holiday programs to enjoy with family. In this December issue, you'll find highlights of the season including It's a Wonderful Life on NBC and nightly Christmas movies on ABC Family. You can also skate into 1967 by watching an old Andy Williams Christmas Special and learn to wrap holiday gifts like a pro thanks to HGTV. Is gold on your wish list? Check out Gold Rush on Discovery to see miners in action. Don't forget to vote for your favorite animated Christmas TV show in this month's poll.
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| Retransmission Consent |
What is Retransmission Consent? The U.S. Congress has authorized broadcast stations, such as those that air ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX programming, to grant or deny permission (provide "consent") for a cable television operator to "retransmit" the signal to its customers. In order to acquire consent the owner of the television station will demand some form of compensation from the cable operator, which is typically re-negotiated every three years. Read more...
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Christmas Movies |
Nightly on ABC Family
ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas features a different Christmas movie each night—including beloved classics and new originals. See the full schedule, have an elfish good time and play the "Where's Buddy?" game, and register now for a chance to win a $5,000 Sears Gift Card.
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| Discovery's Gold Rush |
Strikes Gold on Fridays
Back for its second season, the popular Gold Rush show follows miners trying to strike it rich. Play Klondike Solitaire and compete against other Gold Rush fans, or try your luck with Slots: Gold Rush. You'll definitely find interesting facts about gold when you look here.
© 2011 Discovery Communications LLC.
| Teri Hatcher Wins |
Novemberís Viewer Poll
According to our November poll, Teri Hatcher is your favorite housewife on Desperate Housewives; she was the winner on Wisteria Lane with 38 percent of the votes. Coming in second was Eva Longoria with 32 percent, followed by Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman in third and fourth places respectively. Click here to vote.
What is Retransmission Consent? The U.S. Congress has authorized broadcast stations, such as those that air ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX programming, to grant or deny permission (provide "consent") for a cable television operator to "retransmit" the signal to its customers. In order to acquire consent the owner of the television station will demand some form of compensation from the cable operator, which is typically re-negotiated every three years. Frequently, a broadcaster demands the smaller cable operators pay an exceptionally higher per-customer fee than other larger operators in the same market. Broadcasters charge smaller cable operators retransmission consent fees as much as twenty times more than what the largest distributors pay. There is no justification for the price discrimination faced by small cable operator because the retransmission is costless for the broadcast station owner. The burden to a broadcaster of having its signal carried on a large system or a small one is identical.
Cable operators who refuse to accept the higher charge (as it frequently would result in higher rates for customers) face retaliation from the broadcaster—a dropped signal and the refusal to allow a cable operator to deliver its programming to customers.
Making matters worse, federal rules and regulations hinder small cable operators serving small and rural markets to offer broadcast signals from neighboring television markets, even when the neighboring broadcast is willing to offer the same network programming at a more reasonable rate.
How Does Retransmission Consent Harm Consumers? When independent cable operators are dealt disproportionally higher per-subscriber fees to broadcast a signal, the result is increased costs for consumers and reduced competition by undercutting smaller companies' ability to compete on price. Notably, independent cable providers often have to redirect investment that should go towards increasing system capacity and improving infrastructure for broadband to instead line the pockets of big broadcasters and programmers, putting already underserved markets even further behind the Digital Divide.
Your help is needed! An online petition was recently posted by an ACA Member Company at "We the People," a website hosted by WhiteHouse.gov, that could result in the Obama Administration reviewing the current retransmission consent and broadcast carriage rules, and issuing an official response.
Specifically, this online petition says;
It has been nearly 20 years since the laws and regulations governing broadcast television have been updated. Since that time, the way Americans consume and view television has changed dramatically. Even though technical barriers have been eliminated, consumers remain trapped by artificially drawn geographic boundaries that give broadcast stations monopoly powers over network and syndicated programming in their respective markets. This government constructed marketplace has stifled competition and innovation, limited consumer choice, led to threatened and actual blackouts of must-have programming, and dramatically driven up the cable and satellite rates. We urge the Obama Administration to initiate a process to update this outdated regime.
"We the People" petitions are citizen-made initiatives to spur policy action on important issues. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, and ensure it is sent to the appropriate policy experts and issue an official response.
The deadline to ensure that the petition receives the 25,000 signatures is December 8. Don't let this opportunity pass to let your voice be heard! A WhiteHouse.gov account is required to sign a petition. To create your account, review and sign the petition following this link. If you have trouble setting up an account, try this link.
Throughout the negotiation process, Park Region will keep our customers updated via our website, www.parkregion.com. We will do our best to obtain fair pricing for our customers.
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