Retrans Redux: The Economics of Retransmission Consent
12:00pm - 2:00pm
January 21, 2011
Rayburn House Office Building
The recent Cablevision-Fox dispute illustrates the delicate nature of negotiations between video programmers and distributors. In reaction to the dispute, the Federal Communications Commission announced it intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on retransmission early next year. Because negotiations between programmers and distributors take place in the shadow of FCC regulations, regulatory changes may have large effects on those negotiations. How will reformed retransmission regulations affect programming deliberations and deals?
This event will focus on the interactions between economics and regulation that affect negotiations between distributors and programmers, focusing in particular on the effects of policy and how regulations might be improved to lead to more efficient outcomes. Speakers include: