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47 CFR 76.122, Satellite Network Non-duplication Protection Rules; 47 CFR 76.123, Satellite Syndicated Program Exclusivity Rules; 47 CFR 76.124, Requirements for Invocation of Non-....

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OMB Control Number: 3060-0960 August 2022

Title: 47 CFR 76.122, Satellite Network Non-Duplication Protection Rules; 47 CFR 76.123, Satellite Syndicated Program Exclusivity Rules; 47 CFR 76.124, Requirements for Invocation of Non-duplication and Syndicated Exclusivity Protection


SUPPORTING STATEMENT

A. Justification


The Commission is requesting a three-year extension of this currently approved collection.


I. Satellite Network Non-Duplication Protection Rules


47 CFR Section 76.122(c) requires that in order to exercise non-duplication rights television stations must notify each satellite carrier of the non-duplication protection sought. Non-duplication notices shall include the following information: (1) the name and address of the party requesting non duplication protection and the television broadcast station holding the non-duplication right; (2) the name of the program or series (including specific episodes where necessary) for which protection is sought; (3) the dates on which protection is to begin and end; (4) the name of the network (or networks) which has (or have) extended non-duplication protection to the broadcaster; (5) the time periods by time of day (local time) and by network (if more than one) for each day of the week that the broadcaster will be broadcasting programs from that network (or networks) and for which non duplication protection is requested; (6) the duration and extent (e.g., simultaneous, same-day, seven-day, etc.) of the non-duplication protection which has been agreed upon by the network (or networks) and the broadcaster; and (7) a list of the U.S. postal zip code(s) that encompass the zone of protection under these rules.


47 CFR Section 76.122(f) provides procedures for amending notices described in Section 76.122(c). In the event the protection specified in the notices has been limited or ended prior to the time specified, or in the event a time period, as identified to the satellite carrier in a notice, for which a broadcaster has obtained protection is shifted to another time of day or another day (but not expanded), the broadcaster shall, as soon as possible, inform each satellite carrier that has previously received the notice of all changes from the original notice. Notice to be furnished "as soon as possible" shall be furnished by telephone, telegraph, facsimile, e-mail, overnight mail or other similar expedient means. In the event the protection specified in the notices has been expanded, the broadcaster shall, at least 60 calendar days prior to broadcast of a protected program entitled to such expanded protection, notify each satellite carrier that has previously received notice of all changes from the original notice.


47 CFR Section 76.122(h) states that, if a satellite carrier asks a nationally distributed superstation for information about its program schedule, the nationally distributed superstation shall respond within 10 business days following its receipt of the request or 60 days before the program or programs mentioned in the request will be broadcast, whichever comes later.


47 CFR Section 76.122(i) requires a broadcaster to provide to the satellite carrier, upon request, an exact copy of those portions of the contracts, such portions to be signed by both the network and the broadcaster, setting forth in full the provisions pertinent to the duration, nature, and extent of the non-duplication terms concerning the broadcast signal to which the parties have agreed.


II. Satellite Syndicated Program Exclusivity Rules


47 CFR Section 76.123(d) requires that in order to exercise exclusivity rights distributors of syndicated programming or television broadcast stations shall notify each satellite carrier of the exclusivity sought. Syndicated program exclusivity notices shall include the following information: (1) the name and address of the party requesting exclusivity and the television broadcast station or other party holding the exclusive right; (2) the name of the program or series (including specific episodes where necessary) for which exclusivity is sought; (3) the dates on which exclusivity is to begin and end; and (4) a list of the U.S. postal zip code(s) that encompass the zone of protection under these rules.


47 CFR Section 76.123(e) provides that a distributor or television station exercising exclusivity shall provide to the satellite carrier, upon request, an exact copy of those portions of the exclusivity contracts, such portions to be signed by both the distributor and the television station, setting forth in full the provisions pertinent to the duration, nature, and extent of the exclusivity terms concerning broadcast signal exhibition to which the parties have agreed.


47 CFR Section 76.123(i) states that, if a satellite carrier asks a nationally distributed superstation for information about its program schedule, the nationally distributed superstation shall respond within 10 business days following the its receipt of the request or 60 days before the program or programs mentioned in the request for information will be broadcast, whichever comes later.


47 CFR Section 76.123(j) provides procedures for amending notices described in Section 76.123(d). In the event the exclusivity specified in the notices has been limited or has ended prior to the time specified, the distributor or broadcaster who has supplied the original notice shall, as soon as possible, inform each satellite carrier that has previously received the notice of all changes from the original notice. In the event the original notice specified contingent dates on which exclusivity is to begin and/or end, the distributor or broadcaster shall, as soon as possible, notify the satellite carrier of the occurrence of the relevant contingency. Notice to be furnished "as soon as possible" shall be furnished by telephone, telegraph, facsimile, e-mail, overnight mail or other similar expedient means.


III. Requirements for Invocation of Non-duplication and Syndicated Exclusivity Protection


47 CFR Section 76.124 requires that, in order to be eligible to invoke nonduplication or syndicated exclusivity protection (as defined above), a television station licensee or distributor of syndicated programming must have an unambiguous contract or other written indications that it holds network program non-duplication or syndicated exclusivity rights for the exhibition of the program in question. In the absence of such a specific reference in contracts entered into prior to November 29, 2000, the provisions of these rules may be invoked only if (a) the contract is amended to include the specific language set forth in the rules or (b) a specific written acknowledgment is obtained from the party from whom the broadcast exhibition rights were obtained that the existing contract was intended, or should now be construed by agreement of the parties, to include such rights.


History:


The Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (“SHVERA”) required the Commission to apply to satellite carriers’ retransmission of FCC-determined “significantly-viewed” signals, the Commission’s network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules, when appropriate. The Commission implemented the SHVERA’s mandate in a Report and Order, FCC 05-187, released Nov. 3, 2005.1 The Report and Order adopted rules to apply network non-duplication2 and syndicated exclusivity3 requirements to satellite carriers4 with respect to the carriage of “significantly-viewed” signals.5 Parties seeking to apply the network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules to stations on the significantly viewed list6 may seek a waiver from the exception for significantly viewed stations.


The Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 (“SHVIA”) directed the Commission to apply to satellite carriers’ retransmission of nationally distributed superstations,7 the network non-duplication, syndicated exclusivity and sports blackout requirements8 that currently apply to cable operators. The SHVIA also directed the Commission to apply the cable sports blackout rule to satellite carriers’ retransmission of network stations to subscribers. The Commission implemented the SHVIA’s mandate in a Report and Order, FCC 00-388, released Nov. 2, 2000.9

This information collection does not affect individuals or households; thus, there are no impacts under the Privacy Act.


On September 30, 2014, the Commission issued a Report and Order (FCC 14-141) eliminating the sports blackout rules. The elimination of the sports blackout rules (previously codified at Section 76.127) became effective as of November 24, 2014. Therefore, the collection associated with this rule was discontinued.


Statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in Section 4(i), 4(j), 303(r), 339 and 340 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.


2. The purpose of the various notification and disclosure requirements in this collection is to protect exclusive contract rights negotiated between broadcasters, distributors, and rights holders for the transmission of network and syndicated programming in the broadcasters’ market, as defined by the contract. Congress sought to keep the competitive marketplace in balance by protecting the broadcasters’ private contractual arrangements and ensuring that satellite carriers have regulatory obligations that are as similar as possible to cable operators.


3. We do not believe the use of information technology is feasible for this collection due to the unique nature of the notification and disclosure requirements.


4. This agency does not impose similar information collection requirements on the respondents.


5. This collection does not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The Commission's network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity provisions are not applicable to satellite carriers where the zip code areas comprising the area where the programming must be deleted has fewer than 1,000 subscribers.


6. If the Commission did not sponsor this collection, broadcasters and rights holders would have no process for exercising their network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rights.


7. The following special circumstances apply to this collection of information: In several instances, the rules require responses in less than 30 days after the receipt of a request of information or a notice of a request for network non-duplication or syndicated exclusivity protection. This is necessary because program schedules are subject to change on a short-term basis. The relevant rules are:


Sections 76.122(h) and 76.123(i) require a nationally distributed superstation to provide a satellite carrier with information about its program schedule within 10 business days following the nationally distributed superstation’s receipt of the request or 60 days before the program or programs mentioned in the request will be broadcast, whichever comes later.


Sections 76.122(f) provides procedures for amending notices in the event the protection specified in notices has been limited or ended prior to the time specified, or in the event a time period, as identified to the satellite carrier in a notice, for which a broadcaster has obtained protection is shifted to another time of day or another day (but not expanded), the broadcaster shall, as soon as possible, inform each satellite carrier that has previously received the notice of all changes from the original notice.


Section 76.123(j) provides procedures for amending notices described in Section 76.123(d). In the event the exclusivity specified in the notices has been limited or has ended prior to the time specified, the distributor or broadcaster who has supplied the original notice shall, as soon as possible, inform each satellite carrier that has previously received the notice of all changes from the original notice. In the event the original notice specified contingent dates on which exclusivity is to begin and/or end, the distributor or broadcaster shall, as soon as possible, notify the satellite carrier of the occurrence of the relevant contingency.


8. We published a Notice in the Federal Register on (see 87 FR 35554) seeking public comment on the requirements contained in this information collection on June 10, 2022. No comments were received.


9. There will be no payment or gifts given to respondents.


10. There is no need for confidentiality with this collection of information.


11. This section does not address any private matters of a sensitive nature.





12. Annual paperwork burden:



Rule Section


Number of Respondents


Number of Responses


Total Responses


Hourly Burden


Total Annual Burden Hours


Hourly “In House” Cost


Total Annual “In House” Cost


76.122(c)


170 stations


8 notices


1,360 notices


1 hour


1,360 hours


$18.00


$24,480


76.122(f)


170 station


8 notices


1,360 notices


1 hour


1,360 hours


$18.00


$24,480


76.122(h)


6 satellite carriers


12 requests


72 requests


1 hour


72 hours


$18.00


$1,296



7

2 requests received from superstations

(schedule information)




72 requests




0.50 hours




36 hours




$18.00




$648


76.122(i)


6 satellite carriers


25 requests


150 requests


1 hour


150 hours


$18.00


$2,700



150 requests received from stations (contract information)


150

requests



0.50 hour



75 hours



$18.00



$1,350


76.123(d)


170 stations


22 notices


3,740 notices


1 hour


3,740 hours


$18.00


$67,320


76.123(e)


6 satellite carriers


50 requests


300 requests


1 hour


300 hours


$18.00


$5,400



300 requests received from stations (contract information)



300 requests



0.50 hours



150 hours



$18.00



$2,700


76.123(i)


6 satellite carriers


36 request/carrier


216 requests


1 hour


216 hours


$18.00


$3,888



216 requests received (schedule information)



216 requests



0.50 hours



108 hours



$18.00



$1,944


76.123(j)


170 stations


10 notices/station


1,700 notices


1 hour


1,700 hours


$18.00


$30,600



76.124



170 stations


1 document for recordkeeping/response


170 records kept



0.50 hours



85 hours



$18.00



$1,530

















Totals:



9,806

responses


9,352

hours



$168,336




Total Number of Respondents: 1,428 (1,366 Commercial TV Stations, 6 Satellite Carriers, 6 Superstations, 50 Rights Holders)


Total Number of Responses: 9,806 (responses)


Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,352 hours

Total Annual “In-House” Cost: $168,336


13. Total Annual Cost: None.

14. There is no cost to the Federal Government.


15. There are no program changes or adjustments to this collection.


16. These data will not be published for statistical use.


17. We do not seek approval to not display the expiration date for OMB approval of this information collection.


18. There are no exceptions to the Certification Statement.


B. Collections of Information Employing Statistical Methods


No statistical methods are employed.


1 See Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004, Implementation of Section 340 of the Communications Act, MB Docket No. 05-49, Report and Order, 20 FCC Rcd 17278 (2005) (“SHVERA Significantly Viewed Report and Order”) (applying network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules to carriage of significantly viewed stations).

2 Network Program Nonduplication Rule allows a local TV broadcast station to protect its exclusive distribution rights for network programming against duplicating programming carried on a nationally distributed superstation by a satellite carrier.

3 Syndicated Program Exclusivity Rule allows a local TV broadcast station or syndicator to protect its exclusive distribution rights for syndicated programming against duplicating programming carried on a nationally distributed superstation by a satellite carrier.

4 The definition of satellite carrier includes entities providing services as described in 17 U.S.C. § 119(d)(6) using the facilities of a satellite or satellite service licensed under Part 25 of the Commission’s rules to operate in Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) or Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) frequencies.

5 The NPRM implements the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004, SHVERA, which establishes for satellite carriers and subscribers the concept of “significantly viewed,” which has applied in the cable context for more than 30 years. The concept of “significantly viewed” signals is used to differentiate between out-of-market television broadcast stations that have significant over-the-air non-cable viewing and those that do not. The designation of “significantly viewed” status is important because it will enable a broadcast station assigned to one market to be treated as a “local” station with respect to a particular cable or satellite community in another market, and thus enable its cable or satellite carriage into that market.

6 The SHVERA directed the Commission to publish and maintain a unified list of significantly viewed stations, and the communities containing such stations, that will apply to both cable operators and satellite carriers.

7 The term “nationally distributed superstation” means a television broadcast station, licensed by the Commission, that is not owned or operated by or affiliated with a television network that, as of January 1, 1995, offered interconnected program service on a regular basis for 15 or more hours per week to at least 25 affiliated television licensees in 10 or more States. See 47 U.S.C. § 339(b)(1)(A).

8 The sports blackout rule protects the holder of the exclusive distribution rights to a local sporting event (e.g., a sports team).

9 See Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Application of Network Non-Duplication, Syndicated Exclusivity, and Sports Blackout Rules To Satellite Retransmissions of Broadcast Signals, CS Docket No. 00-2, Report and Order, 15 FCC Rcd 21688 (2000) (“Satellite Exclusivity Order”) (implementing regulations that apply network non-duplication, syndicated exclusivity, and sports blackout requirements to satellite carriers).

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