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Streaming Fees Considered

Streaming Fees Considered – Brief Article Library of Congress’s Copyright Office is stepping into battle between radio and recording industries over whether stations which stream their broadcast signals online must pay license fees for use of music. At request of RIAA, Copyright Office called for comments on whether Webcasting qualifies for broadcasters’ traditional exemption from […]

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17 vie for NAB TV board

17 vie for NAB TV board – National Association of Broadcasters In NAB elections now under way, 4 incumbents are running unopposed for reelection to radio board, while 17 candidates, including 4 incumbents, are vying for 6 seats on TV board. TV incumbents seeking reelection are Tony Cassara, Paramount Stations; Patrick Scott, Fisher Bcstg.; James […]

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RCN/BECoCom has relinquished

RCN/BECoCom has relinquished – cable franchise contract RCN/BECoCom has relinquished its open video system (OVS) certification for Boston suburb of Somerville, which FCC issued in Feb., it told FCC. Company said it had signed cable franchise with Somerville and will pursue further operations as cable operator. COPYRIGHT 1998 Warren Publishing, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group

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Nbc Relations Worsen Following Nightly News Deal

Nbc Relations Worsen Following Nightly News Deal If possible, NBC’s relations with its affiliates could get worse in wake of network’s announcement that NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw will air on Pax TV in competition with affiliates. Pax affiliates will begin airing show on same night — and in some cases back-to-back — as […]

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DirecTV gains channels; USSB studies HDTV service

DirecTV gains channels; USSB studies HDTV service – DirecTV Inc; US Satellite Broadcasting; high-definition TV DirecTV will get 6 channels from U.S. Satellite Bcstg. (USSB) in March in move that will create single, basic DSS programming package – and potentially free USSB transponder space for high-definition (HD) transmissions, sources said. USSB’s Comedy Central, Lifetime, MTV, […]

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Antonio Alvarez

Antonio Alvarez – management contract of chairman-CEO and partner in Alvarez and Marshall extended Antonio Alvarez, chmn.-CEO and partner in Alvarez & Marsal, has management contract extended through Oct. 1999. COPYRIGHT 1998 Warren Publishing, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group

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Dtv-Cable Battle Resumes

Dtv-Cable Battle Resumes Despite reaching formal agreement on digital set names late last month (TVD May 29 p4), NCTA and CEA still are squabbling over DTV- cable compatibility standards for TV sets and set-top boxes. In reply comments filed June 8 in FCC’s DTV-cable compatibility rulemaking, 2 trade groups jousted over whether: (1) All digital […]

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Free Market For Web Backed

Free Market For Web Backed Free market will get top video content streamed on Web without intervention from Congress, content companies told House hearing. No legislation to create compulsory copyright license for Internet is contemplated this year, Courts Subcommittee Chmn. Coble (R- N.C.) said, so industry will have time to prove one isn’t necessary. Register […]

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Dbs Up To 11.5 Million Homes – direct broadcast satellite television – Brief Article

Dbs Up To 11.5 Million Homes – direct broadcast satellite television – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included Record satellite TV sales in 1999 put DBS providers on track to reach goal of 30%-35% market penetration by 2005, DirecTV’s Eddy Hartenstein, SBCA’s Charles Hewitt and Pegasus CEO Mark Pagon agreed at Sky Forum March 28 […]

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Bahamas Bars Streaming

Bahamas Bars Streaming In action that MPAA hailed as indicating U.S. govt.’s willingness to use its trade power to crack down on would-be iCraveTVs around world, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) convinced Bahamas to revise compulsory license law that would have allowed streaming of TV signals over Internet. Praising USTR for protecting U.S. intellectual property, MPAA […]