Big Bird to FCC: MVPDs’ Approach to ATSC 3.0 Doesn’t Fly

By: John Eggerton

PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and America’s Public Television Stations, which have been doing their FCC commenting collectively as “PTV,” have told the FCC it should reject some MVPDs’ suggestion that public TV stations pay the costs for operators to receive the new ATSC 3.0 signals.

That came in reply comments filed with the FCC, due this week, on its proposal to let broadcasters roll out the new IP-based transmission standard on a voluntary basis. FCC chair Ajit Pai has said he wants to have a final order allowing that rollout ready for a commission vote by year’s end.

In the filing, PTV pointed out that some MVPDs asked the FCC in their comments to require stations to cover both the costs of getting the signal to the MVPD and the costs MVPDs “may incur” in receiving and transmitting the signal.

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