FCC should cap programming discounts for top cablers, Cox says

09/26/2012 | Los Angeles Times

The Federal Communications Commission should impose a limit on the discount major pay-TV distributors can receive from programmers for pricey channels, such as ESPN or TNT, and should require distributors that get a larger discount to show its link to "actual benefits realized by the programmer," Cox Communications writes in a filing. Cox is concerned that the discounts are resulting in programming costs being "shifted disproportionately" to small- and medium-size providers, limiting their abilities to implement "innovative services at competitive prices."

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