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Retransmission Consent is a term used widely in the cable television industry today. It is a term that greatly affects DiamondNet as a cable television provider and you, our valued customers.
So what is Retransmission Consent? Retransmission Consent is a provision of the 1992 United States Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act that requires cable operators and other multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to obtain permission from broadcasters before carrying their programming. To obtain programming from these providers, DiamondNet must negotiate a fee to pay the broadcaster for their permission to provide the channel on the DiamondNet network. Often though it isnt just a fee that is demanded by the broadcaster. Many times the broadcaster will force us to carry other unwanted television programming that our audience has no desire to watch.
Below is a link to a very good article on Retransmission Consent and how it affects you as a customer and DiamondNet as your cable TV provider.