Sunday, April 21, 2019

CBS WINS “NIPPLEGATE” CASE AGAIN

November 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

For a second time, a federal appeals court has tossed out the $550,000 fine that the FCC meted out to CBS stations that aired the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” involving Janet Jackson during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. In a 2-1 ruling the court said that the FCC had failed to notify broadcasters that it […]

TURN DOWN THE TV ADS, CONGRESS ORDERS

December 3, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

After decades of complaints and foot-dragging by the Federal Communications Commission, Congress took matters into its own hands Thursday and passed the so-called CALM act (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation), which requires that commercials be played at the same decibel level as the programs in which they are broadcast. After having already passed the Senate, the […]

COMCAST SEEKING FEES FROM VIDEO PROVIDERS

November 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The company that handles Netflix’s Internet streaming, Level 3 Communications, has accused Comcast, the country’s largest cable-TV and Internet service provider, of erecting a “toll booth” on the Internet highway by demanding a recurring fee for broadband access. If allowed to stand, Level 3 Communications said, Comcast would be able “to unilaterally decide how much […]

PLAYOFFS DRAW SOLID RATINGS DESPITE CABLE DISPUTE

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite losing many of its viewers in the New York and Philadelphia areas because of its retransmission consent dispute with Cablevision, Fox TV on Wednesday night managed to record 8.34 million viewers for its National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. Joining the various commercial Internet sites providing details […]

FCC OKAYS PLAN TO BRING FIRST-RUN MOVIES TO HOMES

May 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The FCC on Friday approved an application from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) that would allow movies to be sent by cable and satellite to homes while they are still playing in theaters. The hitch: to prevent piracy, the industry would be permitted to use a system to disable any recording device while […]