Cable television (1 - 10 of 15 items)
Statutory Copyright Licenses: Stakeholders' Views on a Phaseout of Licenses for Broadcast Programming
GAO-16-496: Published: May 4, 2016. Publicly Released: May 4, 2016.
A phaseout of the statutory licenses for broadcast programming may be feasible for most participants in the video marketplace, although there may be statutory implications for the “carriage requirements” governing which local broadcast television stations are carried by cable and satellite operators. These licenses allow cable and satellite operators to carry copyrighted content, such as telev...
Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response
GAO-15-441: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
Broadcast industry stakeholders that GAO interviewed (including national broadcast networks, such as ABC, and local television stations) report that the exclusivity rules are needed to protect local television stations' contractual rights to be the exclusive providers of network content, such as primetime dramas, and syndicated content, such as game shows, in their markets. These stakeholders repo...
Digital Television Transition: Increased Federal Planning and Risk Management Could Further Facilitate the DTV Transition
GAO-08-43: Published: Nov 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.
The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 requires all full-power television stations to cease analog broadcasting by February 17, 2009. Following this digital television transition, consumers who receive over-the-air television signals on analog sets will need to take action to be able to view digital broadcasts. The act also requires the National Telecommunications and Info...
Digital Television Transition: Preliminary Information on Progress of the DTV Transition
GAO-08-191T: Published: Oct 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2007.
On February 17, 2009, federal law requires all full-power television stations in the United States to cease analog broadcasting, enabling the government to reclaim valuable spectrum that the broadcasters currently use for analog broadcasts. This change, often referred to as the digital television (DTV) transition, requires action by broadcasters and consumers to ensure broadcast television signals...
Telecommunications: Direct Broadcast Satellite Subscribership Has Grown Rapidly, but Varies across Different Types of Markets
GAO-05-257: Published: Apr 6, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2005.
Since its introduction in 1994, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service has grown dramatically, and this service is now the principal competitor to cable television service. Although DBS service has traditionally been a rural service, passage of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 enhanced the competitiveness of DBS service in suburban and urban markets. GAO agreed to examine (1) ho...
Telecommunications: Subscriber Rates and Competition in the Cable Television Industry
GAO-04-262T: Published: Mar 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2004.
In recent years, rates for cable service have increased at a faster pace than the general rate of inflation. GAO agreed to (1) examine the impact of competition on cable rates and service, (2) assess the reliability of information contained in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) annual cable rate report, (3) examine the causes of recent cable rate increases, (4) assess the impact of owne...
Telecommunications: Wire-Based Competition Benefited Consumers In Selected Markets
GAO-04-241: Published: Feb 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
One of the primary purposes of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to promote competition in telecommunication markets, but wire-based competition has not developed as fully as expected. However, a new kind of entrant, called broadband service providers (BSP), offers an alternative wire- based option for local telephone, subscription television, and high- speed Internet services to consumers in...
Telecommunications: Impact of Sports Programming Costs on Cable Television Rates
RCED-99-136: Published: Jun 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the impact of sports programming costs on cable television rates, focusing on: (1) the extent to which sports programming costs are contributing to higher cable television rates; (2) how prices paid for sports programming differ for small and large cable operators; (3) the extent to which sports programmers require cable operators to...
Telecommunications: The Changing Status of Competition to Cable Television
RCED-99-158: Published: Jul 8, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the status of competition in the subscription television market; (2) the extent to which ownership ties between cable companies and program suppliers may be affecting the development of competition; and (3) key factors that may influence the development of competition in the future.GAO noted that: (1) the cable industry maintain...
Telecommunications: Financial Information on 16 Telephone and Cable Companies
RCED/AIMD-94-221FS: Published: Jul 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided financial information on 16 telephone and cable television companies, focusing on: (1) total operating revenues; (2) cash flow from operations; and (3) profitability.GAO found that: (1) four companies have significant operating revenues from sources other than their main line of business; (2) the companies' cash flows ranged from $30 million to $7...