WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Broadcasters released a statement today following several news reports detailing the successfully negotiated carriage agreement between Time Warner Cable and Disney/ABC. Recently, representatives from several pay-TV organizations have asked Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to change the negotiation process and provide pay-TV operators with increased leverage during discussions.
Commenting on the agreement, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton said, "Thousands of retransmission consent agreements have been reached over the years, and this is just one more successful negotiation that serves to rebuke the pay-TV campaigners who seek a solution to a non-existent problem."
Retransmission consent, established as part of the 1992 Cable Act, is the market-based negotiation process in which a pay-TV provider and a local television station reach a carriage agreement for the TV station signal.
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