The House yesterday voted to approve higher fines for broadcast indecency, raising the maximum fine per violation from $27,500 to $500,000, which would apply not only to networks, but to talent as well. The NAB and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists opposed the bill.
CTAM yesterday said it would merge its Digital & Broadband Conference with its annual CTAM Summit next year. "It makes sense for us to include digital-cable and broadband-product marketing as part of a bigger, more comprehensive CTAM Summit," CTAM CEO Char Beales said.
A few big companies announced yesterday new broadband products that incorporate new technologies: Yahoo! said it was teaming up with BT to launch a service that enables consumers to make VoIP calls over Yahoo's IM service; Gateway unveiled a DVD player equipped with Wi-Fi; and Microsoft, along with TWI Interactive and Vidiator Technology, launched a digital video service for mobile phone users.
The two companies reached a deal late Thursday that restored Viacom programming to EchoStar's Dish Network. Of the deal, EchoStar Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said, "I don't think we got as good a deal as we wanted, but we got a deal that was good enough."