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Every season, viewers and sports fans seem to get caught in the middle of disputes between broadcasters and cable and DBS providers over the terms of carriage of broadcast stations and affiliated programming. This program will examine the real issues underlying retransmission consent disputes and the economics and politics driving these issues.
This is an especially important question now, because thousands of carriage agreements will be up for renewal this year, as the FCC continues to examine these issues in an ongoing rulemaking proceeding.
The program will feature:
- for the cable perspective, Ross Lieberman, American Cable Association and Cristina Pauze, Time Warner Cable
- for the broadcaster perspective, Antoinette Cook Bush of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP and John Hane of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- for the public interest perspective, Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
- for the independent programmer perspective, Richard Waysdorf, Starz Entertainment.
The program will be moderated by Broadband US TV co-hosts Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst Law Group and Marty Stern of K&L Gates.
As always, the expert panel will take questions from the online audience, in the live interactive segment of the webcast.
This special live webcast is the latest in BroadbandUS TV’s Insider Voices on Critical Choices series, which tackles the major issues in the broadband field. We present high-profile speakers of differing views and elicit lively, spirited and balanced debate.