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April 25, 2014
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Pai: Limits on spectrum bids could result in "failed auction"
The Federal Communications Commission should let the market dictate the outcome of the incentive spectrum auction and not restrict the bids from large carriers, according to FCC member Ajit Pai. "We should not pick winners and losers," Pai said at a mobile industry event. "The inevitable effect of a policy that limits participation will be less spectrum for mobile broadband, less funding for national priorities, a higher budget deficit and an increased chance of a failed auction." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (4/24)
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Analyst: Cable, telecoms are fighting over "saturated" pay-TV market
Cable seems to be winning the battle to control the built-out pay-TV market. Comcast is adding TV customers and Time Warner Cable has slowed down its losses, while Verizon and AT&T are struggling. "The outsized gains for the telco providers may be at an end," said Bloomberg Industries analyst Paul Sweeney. "The U.S. pay-TV market is saturated, and it has become essentially a zero-sum game." Bloomberg (4/25)
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Experts: FCC's Net neutrality policy would affect Aereo
Aereo, if it were to prevail in a Supreme Court ruling, would likely face difficulties resulting from the Federal Communications Commission's latest Net neutrality plan, experts say. "If ... the commission is planning to propose rules that would allow for paid prioritization of content, then certainly companies like Aereo would be right to worry that their content could be subject to tolls in order to access ISPs' users over the Internet," said Sarah Morris of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Switch blog (4/25)
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Technology
4 steps for TV stations to take before the repacking begins
TV stations can get ready for their signal repacking following the incentive spectrum auction by completing four steps, according to Dan Fallon, senior RF engineer at Dielectric. They should complete transmission line sweeps, obtain a structural analysis of their TV towers, initiate necessary tower repairs and supplement existing antennas with auxiliary equipment. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (4/24)
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Broadcast Programming
Emmys will be hosted by Seth Meyers of NBC's "Late Night"
This year's Emmy Awards on NBC will be hosted by Seth Meyers, who took the reins of the network's "Late Night" franchise in February. NBC will air the Emmys on Aug. 25, a Monday, because of its commitment to air "Sunday Night Football." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/25)
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Advertising
Report: Political races will fuel growth year for local TV
Local TV stations, with help from political ads in states with highly competitive races, are on track to boost their revenues by 8% to $20.7 billion this year, BIA/Kelsey is projecting. "Additionally, we're seeing the ability of local stations to maintain their loyal advertiser base, which means they consistently receive recurring ad revenue that boosts their profitability," said Mark Fratrik, BIA/Kelsey's senior vice president and chief economist. Broadcasting & Cable (4/24)
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Analysis: Networks stand to gain from expansion of C7 ratings
Broadcast networks are leaving money on the table if they don't expand their deals with advertisers from the current C3 metric to the emerging C7 standard, Anthony Crupi writes. Even a boost of 4% in the ratings could yield a significant boost -- a network that garners $3 billion in ad revenue each year would increase its coffers by $120 million, Crupi writes. Adweek (4/24)
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People & Personalities
Engineering exec is helping Clear Channel gear up for future
Jeff Littlejohn, executive vice president of engineering and systems integration for Clear Channel and this year's recipient of the NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award, is focused on building out supports for the radio giant's moves into HD Radio, mobile and other emerging platforms. "All of it is driven by technology. Our job is figuring it all out. I'm, fortunately, working for a company that wants to be on the leading edge of it," Littlejohn said. Radio World (4/23)
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