TELL CONGRESS: End Broadcaster TV Blackouts Now


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Broadcasters often unilaterally remove their channels from TV lineups, blacking out content from cable and satellite subscribers. Broadcasters then hold their channels for ransom until TV providers agree to pay more – the same channels that are available free over-the-air. These payments to broadcasters for “free” TV– so-called retrans fees – have soared in recent years, going from $200 million in 2006 to $11.7 billion in 2019 (an astounding 5,359 percent increase). Retrans fees are padding broadcasters’ bottom lines and costing customers billions more every year with no sign of stopping. Retrans fees are the fastest rising part of your monthly pay TV bill.

In the last decade, Broadcasters have weaponized TV blackouts, targeting live sports and other must-see TV on channels like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC to inflict maximum pain on innocent consumers.


The ATVA’s mission is simple: to give consumers a voice and protect them from abusive broadcaster behavior. We seek to reform outdated rules that harm consumers and do not reflect today’s competitive video marketplace. We are united in our determination to ensure the best viewing experience at an affordable price and to end the menace of intentional broadcaster blackouts.

5 months ago
We're encouraged to hear the Senate Commerce Committee discuss retransmission consent during today’s hearing. The current practice is past due for modernization, and we look forward to continued discussion in Congress and at the FCC.

Our full statement:
6 months ago
This new year, it’s TEGNA dropping the ball. In 2021, they held DISH and Mediacom customers’ channels hostage to negotiate for increased fees. Now, Verizon Fios viewers are facing channel blackouts.

It’s time to leave TEGNA’s blackouts in the past. The facts are clear:
6 months ago
TEGNA sure knows how to kick off the new year… by holding Verizon Fios TV channels in D.C., Buffalo, Harrisburg, and Norfolk hostage in an effort to pad their bottom line.

It’s time to stop this TV blackout and protect customers like you.
6 months ago
TEGNA, a broadcast conglomerate, is attempting to hold TV channels hostage in an effort to pad their bottom line, potentially blacking out channels for Verizon Fios customers.

It’s time to stop TV blackouts and protect customers like you.
6 months ago
TEGNA is a broadcast conglomerate trying to hold DC, Norfolk, Harrisburg and Buffalo TV channels hostage – blacking out channels until they increase your monthly bill, all to pad their own pockets.

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