U.S. Congress Approves Five-Year Satellite TV Statutory License Extension
[Satellite TODAY 05-14-10] The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA) May 12, renewing laws that govern the retransmission of broadcast television content by satellite companies.
The bill renews for five years statutory licenses that allow satellite TV companies to retransmit broadcast stations to their customers for five years. The licenses had been set to expire at the end of May, and the bill also includes measures to modernize and simplify license processes and encourage satellite providers to make more local content available.
U.S. satellite pay-TV operator Dish Network hailed the bill’s passage. “Dish Network congratulates Congress on passing [STELA], clearing the way for Dish Network to become the first pay-TV provider to make local broadcast stations available in every television market in the United States,” the company said in a statement.
The legislation now moves to President Obama’s desk for signing.
Panasonic, DirecTV Reveal 3-D HD Roll Out Plan Satellite Today January 8, 2010
[Satellite TODAY 01-08-10] DirecTV will launch three dedicated 3-D HD channels in 2010, DirecTV and Panasonic, its technology partner, announced in a Jan. 6 statement. The service will be available through existing DirecTV set-top boxes…
Satellite Reauthorization Bill Moves to U.S. Senate Satellite Today December 7, 2009
[Satellite TODAY 12-07-09] The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an updated version of HR 3750, commonly known as the Satellite Reauthorization Bill, Congress announced Dev. 4. The bill, which upon signing was renamed the Satellite…
U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Passes Satellite Reauthorization Bill Satellite Today November 20, 2009
[Satellite TODAY 11-20-09] The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has passed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), according to Senate reports released Nov. 19. STELA, the committee s version of the satellite reauthorization…