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House Bill 1761


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House Bill 1761

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Satellite sports blackouts. Prohibits a satellite television carrier from deleting the live television broadcast of a sports event from the programming provided to a subscriber in a community not served by a cable operator, except in accordance with the federal satellite sports blackout rules. Provides that if a satellite carrier receives notice of a satellite sports blackout from the holder of the broadcast rights to the event, the carrier shall not delete the sports event from the programming provided to a subscriber located outside the relevant specified zone for the blackout (as determined under federal law), even if the subscriber lives within a ZIP code identified in the holder's notice. Prohibits a satellite carrier from deleting a sports event if the carrier has, within the relevant specified zone, fewer than 1,000 subscribers who subscribe to the: (1) nationally distributed superstation; or (2) network station; carrying the event. Provides that a knowing violation of the prohibited acts is: (1) a Class B misdemeanor; and (2) a deceptive act actionable by the attorney general. Provides that a subsequent violation is a Class A misdemeanor. Provides a cause of action for: (1) damages; and (2) injunctive relief; for a subscriber aggrieved by a violation.
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 In Committee - first House
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