Items tagged "STELAR"

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Extend Carriage License Deadline to Protect Consumers

April 20, 2020 AT&T , DirecTV , STELAR

Today, AT&T asked Congress to extend the company’s carriage license deadline so that DirecTV customers living in rural America don’t lose access to network affiliate TV channels during the pandemic. Currently, the license is set to expire at the end of May because Congress only partially reauthorized the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR), jeopardizing Americans who rely on satellite TV service for news and entertainment. Public Knowledge urges Congress to protect consumers during this especially vulnerable time by extending the deadline.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Congress for Passing Pay-TV Protections for Consumers

December 19, 2019 Cable Fees , Legislation , STELAR , Video Marketplace

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed appropriations legislation containing provisions to prevent consumers from losing access to TV content, experiencing blackouts, and facing unexpected bills.

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Public Knowledge Applauds House for Passing TV Viewer Protection Act

December 10, 2019 broadcast , satellite TV , STELAR , Video Marketplace

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prevent consumers from experiencing blackouts, runaway price increases for video content, and unexpected bills by passing the “TV Viewer Protection Act of 2019” (H.R. 5035). The bill reauthorizes provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act.

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Public Knowledge Warns Congress New Satellite TV Bill Could Harm Consumers

November 19, 2019 consumer choice , consumer protections , satellite TV , STELA , STELAR , Video Marketplace

Yesterday, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the “Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act” in an attempt to prevent consumers from experiencing runaway price increases for video content. Unfortunately, the bill puts the ability of many rural and other viewers to continue to access network programming at risk and could result in an effective pay-TV monopoly for many viewers.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Television Viewer Protection Act to Protect Consumers

November 13, 2019 consumer protections , satellite TV , STELAR , Video Marketplace

Yesterday, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced the “Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019” to prevent consumers from experiencing blackouts and runaway price increases for video content.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes STAR Act to Protect Satellite TV Subscribers

November 6, 2019 consumer choice , consumer protections , satellite TV , STAR Act , STELAR , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the “Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2019 (STAR Act)” to enable satellite TV subscribers to access broadcast stations to view news, sports, and programming at a fair and competitive price.

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Public Interest Groups Urge Congress to Reauthorize STELAR to Protect Consumers

October 15, 2019 satellite TV , STELAR , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Public Knowledge joined five other public interest groups in a letter urging Congress to pass the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) by the end of this year.

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John Bergmayer to Testify Before House Energy & Commerce Committee On STELAR Reauthorization

June 3, 2019 STELAR , testimony , Video Marketplace

Public Knowledge Senior Counsel John Bergmayer will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce Tuesday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “STELAR Review: Protecting Consumers in an Evolving Media Marketplace” will urge Congress to make STELAR permanent in order to enable rural satellite providers to continue serving their communities.

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Everything You Need to Know About STELAR

December 9, 2019 Congress , Legislation , Retransmission Consent , STELA , STELAR

A few weeks ago, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on the Judiciary both voted to move bills reauthorizing parts of STELAR (the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization) to the full House floor. You might be wondering: What is STELAR, how does it affect consumers, and what should […]

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Local Governments Can Work Around Problems in the TV Marketplace Themselves, with Municipal TV

September 25, 2019 Broadcast Licenses , Copyright , Retransmission Consent , STELA , STELAR

The laws around broadcasting and the retransmission of broadcast signals by cable and satellite companies are built up around a set of assumptions. One of the most basic is that individual broadcasters broadcast their signal to a specific geographic market where people can pick it up for free over the air, and pay TV providers […]

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