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Appendix c

"P°14 • 4: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Market #4);

.***.720.30, New York (Market #35).

The Effect of the FCC's Syndicated Program Exclusivity Regulations On_Cab'?_Teorizmr._Syst

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cabie television systems in the top 100 television rarkets

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is under contract to the local market television stations is

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subject to the FCC's syndicated exclusivity regulaticas.

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the critical 'prime-time' viewing period of

its programs under the exclusivity rules, a cable systea

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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

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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.

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Philancirlphia, Pennsylvania (Morint #41;

* rth Syracuse, New York (Marbet #:5).

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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

station.

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

tocade subscribers.

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

blacked out'.

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