July 16, 2013 |
The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York is tired of talking about Aereo, the start-up service that transmits broadcast TV signals to subscribers via the Internet that the broadcast industry is trying to shut down. In April, a panel of judges for the 2nd Circuit ruled that Aereo did not violate copyright law. The broadcasters -- including Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC -- then petitioned to have that decision reviewed by the full court and on Tuesday the en banc request was denied.
September 28, 2012 |
The Federal Communications Commission has put the wheels in motion to take some airwaves from broadcasters and auction that spectrum for wireless broadband. In a 5-0 vote Friday the FCC issued what is known as a notice of proposed rulemaking, which is a first step toward determining how its airwaves auction will work. Broadcasters are being asked to voluntarily give up some of their spectrum, which will then be auctioned off to wireless companies. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and the wireless industry believe that the nation is running out of spectrum for new platforms and mobile devices, particularly in large urban areas.
December 13, 2012 |
CALM wasn't easy to achieve. CALM Act, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation law, which limits the volume of TV commercials, took effect Thursday. It requires broadcasters to ensure that TV commercials maintain the same volume as the entertainment programming in which they are contained. The legislative effort was begun more than four years ago by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), who was blasted by blaring ads on TV during a family holiday gathering. “This has been a top consumer complaint for decades,” Eshoo said during a news conference Thursday in Washington.
October 16, 2013 |
It is hard to pick one trait that distinguishes Vin Scully from ordinary broadcasters, but we'll go with this one: He knows when to shut up. Scully, working on radio during the playoffs, was at the microphone in the seventh inning of Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League championship series. With one out and the St. Louis Cardinals leading, 4-2, the Dodgers' Nick Punto doubled. The Dodgers had the potential tying run at bat, and Dodger Stadium was rocking. Punto was picked off. This is what Scully said: "Listen to the crowd now. " Dead silence, for a few uncomfortably long moments.
August 20, 2013 |
As the dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable drags on, frustrated viewers are pushing for more extreme responses by government. Last week, three of Time Warner's customers in Southern California sued the company, arguing that it had committed fraud by not reducing its rates during the blackout. This week, L. Gordon Crovitz , a prominent columnist at (and former publisher of) the Wall Street Journal, essentially called on Congress to let cable operators carry the broadcast networks for free, contending that government regulation was responsible for such blackouts.
October 5, 1996
Congratulations to the TV Campaign '96 Coalition for trying to convince local commercial television stations to provide daily coverage of election issues ("Most L.A. TV Stations Refuse to Set Aside Time for Issues," Calendar, Sept. 23). It is dismaying, but not surprising, to learn that some broadcasters feel they have no role to play in encouraging the development of a more knowledgeable electorate. By shirking this responsibility, broadcasters are violating the public trust that should accompany their licenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1992
So after spending years bullying the networks into accepting guidelines for the depiction of violence, Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) now bemoans that the guidelines "lack teeth" because they can't be enforced by law. Damn right! Maybe he's forgotten, but there's a thing called the First Amendment that prevents government from proscribing what its citizens may see and say. Ultimately, there's only one solution--abolish the FCC (at least as far as it has power to control content). After over half a century of operating by leave of the government, let broadcasters take their rightful place alongside book, magazine and newspaper publishers and let the public truly decide what it wants.
April 28, 2012 |
Soon, anyone who wants to know how much a political candidate spent on a commercial will be able to find out with the click of a button. The Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to require local television stations to publish on their websites detailed information about political advertising, including the cost of specific commercials. Although such material is already required to be made available to the public, anyone seeking to know what candidates are spending, and on what programs, typically has to visit a local television station and make a request to see what's known as the "public files.
October 18, 2008 |
Broadcasters including CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a Nov. 4 vote on a plan to free up unused TV airwaves for wireless Internet access. The agency should push the vote back at least 70 days to allow the public to comment on this week's finding by FCC engineers that steps could be taken to prevent harm to digital television signals, the broadcasters said. The report is erroneous and the airwaves plan may interfere with millions of digital TV sets, they said.