STATEMENT OF NCTA PRESIDENT AND CEO ROBERT SACHS IN RESPONSE TO NAB LETTER TO CHAIRMAN POWELL REGARDING THE DIGITAL TV TRANSITION


We welcome NAB’s status report, issued today, on the progress being made by broadcast affiliates of the top four networks to transmit an “undegraded network digital signal.” We’re pleased that NAB has joined the cable industry in responding to Chairman Powell’s Plan “to provide a near-term boost to the DTV transition.”

Chairman Powell’s Plan called for cable operators to offer to carry the signals of up to five broadcast or other digital programming services that provide customers something “significantly different than what they currently receive in analog.” The 10 largest cable operators committed on May 1 to offer to carry up to five high definition signals, and we expect broadcasters who provide such programming to be an important part of that mix.

The Powell Plan did not call for redundant carriage of every broadcaster’s analog and digital signals. Cable operators remain committed to carrying every broadcaster’s primary digital signal as soon as broadcasters return their analog spectrum to the federal government.



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