WASHINGTON, D.C. — Are broadcasters “abusing outdated rules to boost their bottom lines” and the main culprits behind the “blackout” of local broadcast TV channels on MVPDs and such DBS providers as DISH Network?
That’s what the American Television Alliance (ATVA) thinks. What’s that? The ATVA is another D.C.-based lobbying organization devoted to media, but this one represents cable companies, direct broadcast satellite giants, telephone companies and “independent programmers.”
This provides needed background as to why it is expressing concern with the FCC regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group‘s acquisition of Tribune Media.