Harry Jessell

End Discriminatory Regulations Against Broadcast

[Commentary] The Federal Communications Commission's tentative $13.4 million fine against Sinclair for allegedly airing news programming that was paid for by a sponsor is just one more example of antiquated rules targeting broadcasting alone.

Next-Gen TV Tops New NAB Tech's Agenda

A Q&A with Sam Matheny, new executive vice president and chief technology officer of National Association of Broadcasters.

Local Choice Sure Isn't the Logical Choice

[Commentary] The latest retransmission reform plan advocating an a la carte system of payment by cable subscribers for broadcast channels – Local Choice -- would harm broadcasters and I'm not sure it benefits anybody other than some small cable op

Copyright Office Rebuffs Aereo Cable Play

The Copyright Office has shot down Aereo's attempt to recast itself as a cable system that may retransmit broadcast signals to paying online subscribers with the benefit of the cable compulsory license.

Aereo Still Trying To Get By Without Paying

[Commentary] Desperate to save itself, Aereo is now rolling out Plan B.

Aereo Ruling Opens Big Opportunity For TV

[Commentary] The way I see it, in closing the door on Aereo, the Supreme Court opened wide the door for the video distribution of broadcast signals by settling the question of whether online video distributors are cable systems.

Encouraging Signs In The JSA-SSA Mess

[Commentary] One of the lessons that I have learned along the way is that you never really know what's going to happen when Congress or the Federal Communications Commission begins fiddling around with the laws and regulations that govern the TV b

Station Revenue Status: Spot OK, Retransmission Crucial

[Commentary] There is a new way of looking at spot that strips out the up-down effect of political advertising that makes broadcasting look to casual investors as volatile as a penny stock for a South American mining company.

Retransmission Revenue Seen Hitting $7.6B By 2019

TV broadcasters’ retransmission consent revenue will come in at $4.3 billion in 2014 and continue to grow at a brisk pace, hitting $5.1 billion in 2015 and $7.6 billion in 2019, according to the latest analysis from SNL Kagan.

Wireless Becoming TV's Newest Nemesis

Historically, broadcast TV's biggest foes have been cable and newspapers, but now there seems to one more major adversary: wireless operators.