DBS Catches a Break
In an order published Thursday, the satcos won't have to comply with the "carry one, carry all" rule until 2013, meaning they aren't forced to offer the hi-def feeds of all local TV stations in markets where they offer at least one station in the eye-popping format.
News of the rule leaked out ahead of the published order, leaving the American Cable Association (ACA) to wonder if the FCC might show the same leniency for a blanket waiver it's seeking for smaller cable systems. (See Small Cable Lobby Asks for DTV Exemption .)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News