ATVA slams broadcasters' retrans stance; Bill would close streaming video loophole

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> Broadcasters' increasing demand for a bigger share of local affiliate retransmission fees is "the latest example of why the retransmission consent system must be reformed," the American Television Alliance (ATVA) said. Statement

> A bipartisan Senate bill would make it a felony to illegally stream TV shows, closing a loophole in video protection laws that previously stopped at downloading and uploading content. Story

> Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) is the latest MVPD to consider launching a high-end, high-priced VoD service. Story

> AT&T (NYSE: T) has reportedly promised Deutsche Telekom (XETRA: DTE.DE) $6 billion in assets, services and cash if U.S. regulators reject its proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA. Story

And finally ... French cable operator Numericable is on the verge of selling its Belgian and Luxembourg assets. Story

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