AT&T Reaches Agreement with FOX to Ensure DIRECTV Customers Continue to Receive Network TV Programming After STELAR Ends

AT&T has entered into a new multi-year agreement with FOX to ensure thousands of DIRECTV customers, who might otherwise lose access to FOX with the end of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act, continue to receive FOX network content. This agreement will help essential workers stay connected during COVID-19. Until recently, STELAR authorized…

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STELAR Lapses, Local Broadcaster Monopoly Pricing Doesn’t

On Tuesday, the House passed the Television Viewer Protection Act and the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019, which contain satellite TV-related provisions. The Senate is expected to pass the same provisions no later than tomorrow. The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External &…

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AT&T Statement on FCC Ruling Condemning Broadcast Station Groups’ Anti-Consumer Behavior

The following may be attributed to an AT&T spokesperson: “Today’s FCC ruling that the broadcast station groups’ behavior was a violation of its rules shows again that the entire retransmission consent process is broken and demands immediate reform. This was clearly one of the more egregious examples of how broadcasters routinely hold consumers hostage into…

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