The FCC’s program carriage exclusivity rules are slated to sunset Oct 5 unless the Commission extends them yet again, prevent exclusive contracts involving satellite-delivered, cable affiliated programming. NCTA has argued for years that the rules should be stricken in their entirety and are a violation of the 1st Amendment. Reps from the cable trade association were at the FCC earlier this month making the case again that exclusivity is not necessary to preserve and protect competition. Read more in today’s issue.
Also in the August 31 issue of CableFAX Daily:
Isaac was a slow moving storm, which makes damage assessments slow too. Charter techs in LA were in the field Thurs gauging the situation, with a better lay of the land expected Fri. Cox is also evaluating the situation and has reopened some service centers in LA.
Tennis Channel has asked for an expedited hearing of Comcast’s appeal of an FCC decision that it discriminated against the channel.
Just by watching TV, DirecTV subs will get movie tickets, music, gift cards and other rewards, thanks to an agreement the DBS provider has with TV loyalty program Viggle.
FX picked up 90 eps of “Anger Management” (Cfax, 7/31). As part of its original deal, if the series met a designated average ratings threshold over the airing of 8 of the first 10 eps, it would trigger an automatic additional 90-episode order, the net said.