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The Effect of the FCC's Syndicated Program Exclusivity Regulations On_Cab'?_Teorizmr._Syst
Under the FCC's 1972 Cable Television Regulations,
cabie television systems in the top 100 television rarkets
: Saraston, Pa., is located in television Market
are generally permitted to carry all 'local' television
stations and two (or three, in some instances) distant
is under contract to the local market television stations is
De to exclusivity requests from all three market
subject to the FCC's syndicated exclusivity regulaticas.
stat:ms, the cable system is losing 32 percent of all
ng from the three distant independent stations
the critical 'prime-time' viewing period of
its programs under the exclusivity rules, a cable systea
***.. nightly -- or the equivalent of a total loss
must 'blackout' the programning on the imrorted stations
300 of the three distant stations.
which is also under contract to the local-rarket station.
Requests for such protection are known by NCTA to be
wycrt News, Va., is located in television
in force in new CATV systers in such markets as North Little
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Rock, Arkansas (Market #50); Harlton and Nevşort News,
ere are three network stations and one independent
Virginia (Market #44);
Scranton, Pennsylvania (Market 649: ;
122.0" in the market. The cable system in Newport
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (Market #23,; Albany, New York
beos.cts two distant independent stations.
Philancirlphia, Pennsylvania (Morint #41;
* rth Syracuse, New York (Marbet #:5).
Sore *xa-pies of the effect of the exclusivity re
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news stati si in the market. Te cahie system in
$orani in 1: purto three di art in lon;endent stations.
11.9 from the three distai.t in legenlerit atat: as
dirir, the critti al perr-tire' vimany peorand of
At present only one of the four market stations
se boiustating effect of the program 'blackouts' is
requests exclusivity protection. Yet, in a recent week,
...matrated in the following three pages.
requests for protection from this one station against
one of the imported stations resulted in the 'blackcut'
izzes 5 and 6 represent the Friday, January 24, 1975.
of 21 percent of the full-day programs on the distant
med...s of the two Chicago independent television
12. ces to be imported into Wauwatosa.
haze ? sows the limited number of programs from the
(3) Wauwatosa, Wi.. is located in television market
t stations that would be permitted to be shown by
#23 (Milwaukee, Wi.).
There are three network stations
**cable system. Program titles which must be
and one independent station in the market. The cable
system, presently under construction, will import two
protected' are 'Xed' out, and would not be available
independent stations when it becomes operational.
Although the system is not yet in operation, it has
already received written and verbal requests for syn
dicated program protection from all four market stations.
The requests require that 62 percent of the daily
programming of one distant station, and 58 percent of
the daily prograrming of the other distant station be