08.13.2007 03:08 PM
Public television and American Cable Association agree on digital carriage

Public television broadcasters finalized a digital cable carriage agreement with the more than 1000 members of the American Cable Association (ACA) last week.

The deal, brokered by the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and PBS, is expected to be ratified and adopted by members of the ACA and Public Television stations by mid-October. It covers 8 million subscribers.

The 10-year agreement would apply to participating ACA members’ HD cable systems and include DTV carriage commitments of public television stations both pre- and post-digital 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 similar to one signed with the National Cable and Telecommunications Association two years ago. The two deals assure that cable TV subscribers will have access to PBS digital offerings after analog television shuts down on Feb. 18, 2009.

The agreement, said FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, is “a win-win for cable operators, public broadcasters and, most importantly, the viewing public.”

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

Thursday 10:05 AM
NAB Requests Expedited Review of Spectrum Auction Lawsuit
“Broadcasters assigned to new channels following the auction could be forced to accept reductions in their coverage area and population served, with no practical remedy.” ~NAB

202 Communications /   Friday 12:41 PM
Albis Technologies Appoints New Head of Access Solutions
ignite strategic communications /   Thursday 03:48 PM
2015 HPA Tech Retreat(r) Unveils Expanded Session Schedule

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology