Public TV, American Cable Association finalize DTV carriage deal

August 13, 2007

The Association of Public Television Stations and PBS finalized their digital cable carriage agreement with the American Cable Association (ACA) ensuring a place for public TV’s multicast DTV and HDTV channels on cable systems nationwide.

The 10-year agreement would apply to participating ACA members’ HD cable systems and include DTV carriage commitments for public TV stations before and after the DTV TV transition. Under the agreement, cable operators would carry the primary signal of the DTV station on the lowest priced tier, while multicast channels would be carried on the tier where other multicast channels are carried.

The deal is expected to be ratified and adopted by members of the ACA and public TV stations by mid-October.

For more information, visit www.apts.org.

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