17Dec

CRB Announces Webcasting Royalty Rates for 2016-2020 – Lower Rates for Broadcasters Who Stream, Minimal Change for Pureplay Webcasters

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Original Article by Broadcast Law Blog The Copyright Royalty Board yesterday announced on its website the royalty rates that webcasters will pay to SoundExchange for the use of sound recordings in their digital transmissions over the Internet and to mobile devices in the period from 2016-2020.  For commercial webcasters, the CRB set $.0017 as the […]
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17Dec

FCC Adopts LPTV Auction-Mitigation Measures

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Original Article by Broadcasting and Cable The FCC has adopted new measures to “mitigate” the impact of the incentive auction on low power TV stations and translators, and to extend the deadline for those stations to transition to digital. Full-power stations had to transition back in June 2009, but LPTVs and translators—low-power re-transmitters of high-powered […]
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16Dec

NAB says FCC ‘unwilling to evaluate’ evidence with effective competition order for cable operators

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Original Article by Daniel Frankel, FierceCable The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) accused the FCC of not looking close enough at the thousands of individual TV markets in the U.S. when it adopted its “effective competition” order last June that assumes cable operators compete with satellite and/or telco providers for video services in every market […]
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15Dec

FAA Release Drone Registration Rules

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Original Article by Tom Krisher, Associated Press Spurred by numerous reports of drones flying near jets and airports, the federal government will require that the aircraft be registered to make it easier to identify owners and educate amateur aviators. The move, announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration, comes at a time when the agency […]
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15Dec

LPTVs Ask FCC to Let Them Apply in Auction

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable Some low-power stations who were not able to secure Class A licenses before the FCC’s cut-off for incentive auction participation want the FCC to let them apply for the auction anyway and have filed an emergency motion for a stay or other relief. Low powers, unless they […]
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15Dec

New Bill Would Hit FCC On Ownership Rules

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Original Article by Inside Radio Local television station owners are close to pushing back a tough Federal Communications Commission rule that limits ownership sharing agreements, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. As part of an overall spending bill expected to go before Congress, a possible rider would allow for previous sharing arrangements […]
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11Dec

FCC: No Running Tally of Station Auction Applicants

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable It is day three (Dec. 11) of the FCC’s TV station application window for participating in the auction but don’t look for the FCC to provide running tallies of how many TV stations plan to at least be in the mix. Applying does not commit a station to […]
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11Dec

More Complaints Filed Against TV Stations for Allegedly Not Disclosing the True Sponsor of PAC Ad on Political Issues

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog The Sunlight Foundation, along with Common Cause and the Campaign Legal Center, have filed with the FCC complaints against 18 TV stations claiming that these stations violated the FCC’s sponsorship identification rules by not identifying former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as the true sponsor of […]
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11Dec

Earn Less? Spend More (Time) On Devices.

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Original Article by Inside Radio Although people with higher incomes tend to have more access to tech gadgetry, consumers that earn less actually spend more time with the media they buy. That’s a top finding from Nielsen’s third-quarter Total Audience Report, which focused on media habits in different economic levels. The report looked at 10 […]
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10Dec

GroupM Sees TV Spending Up 2.3%

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Original Article by Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting and Cable TV advertising spending in the U.S. will show moderate growth in 2016, according to a new forecast by media buying giant GroupM. GroupM sees TV spending up 2.3% to $76.6 billion after a flat performance in 2015. The gains are driven by national elections and the Olympics. National […]
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