Capitol Steps- The DTV Tuner Mandate
The FCC also should use its regulatory power to ensure that broadcasters meet their obligations to broadcast HDTV. Despite the gains of the past year, the amount of HD programming provided by broadcasters remains paltry. While CBS and ABC broadcast the majority of their prime-time lineup in HD, the other networks have yet to step up to the plate. In addition, few major sporting events are scheduled to be broadcast in HD despite almost unanimous agreement that sports—along with movies—will largely drive consumer interest in the adoption of HDTV.
CEA is mounting a legal strategy to seek an overturn of the FCC's decision. In addition, we will continue to work with the FCC to address the remaining cable issues and push broadcasters to meet their obligations. Further, we will raise our concerns about the mandate with members of Congress to ensure we are well-positioned, should a legislative option arise.
Our industry has a great history of making the best out of difficult situations. We will find a way to ensure that the mandate does not slow the steady progression to HDTV. Indeed, the FCC action shows the inevitability of DTV and government's commitment to the shift to digital. Further, the FCC action means more and more DTV broadcasting will occur.