/
05.23.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
CBS backs away from DTV warning

CBS network parent Viacom has backed down from a threat to pull its next season digital programming lineup unless the FCC adopts a “broadcast flag” system to prevent digital program copying.

Last December, Viacom threatened to pull its digital offerings unless the broadcast flag was adopted and enforced by the FCC.

“CBS will reconsider its deadline and continue to provide a full schedule of high definition entertainment and sports programming to our viewers this upcoming television season,” the network said in a statement. We are “hopeful that the FCC will work to complete the broadcast flag proceeding by this fall, and certainly no later than the end of this calendar year,” the company said.

The reversal came after Rep. Billy Tauzin, chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Fred Upton who chairs the panels communications and Internet subcommittee, asked the network to reconsider. Tauzin plans to introduce legislation in the next two months to address issues complicating the DTV transition.

For more information visit www.viacom.com.

Back to the top




Comments
Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found




Wednesday 9:02AM
Analysts: TV Regs 'Not as Dire as We Thought'
We feel the negatives are known and are a lot more comfortable recommending the space.


 
Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology