Federal Communications Commission.
In this document, the Media Bureau (Bureau) announces the top national nonbroadcast networks for the 2013 to 2014 ratings year according to data provided by the Nielsen Company for purposes of the July 1, 2015 update to the video description requirements. The Bureau provides filing instructions for any program network that believes it should be excluded from the list of top five networks covered by the video description requirements based on an applicable exemption.
Petitions for exemption may be filed on or before March 5, 2015.
Filings should be submitted electronically in MB Docket No. 11-43 by accessing the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS): http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the Web site for submitting filings.
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Maria Mullarkey, Maria.Mullarkey@fcc.gov, of the Policy Division, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2120.
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This is a summary of the Commission's Public Notice in MB Docket No. 11-43, DA 15-18, released on January 7, 2015. The full text of this document is available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. This document will also be available via ECFS at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/. Documents will be available electronically in ASCII, Microsoft Word, and/or Adobe Acrobat. The complete text may be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554. Alternative formats are available for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).
The Commission's video description rules require multichannel video programming distributor (“MVPD”) systems that serve 50,000 or more subscribers to provide 50 hours of video description per calendar quarter during prime time or children's programming on each of the top five national nonbroadcast networks.
The top five national nonbroadcast networks are defined by an average of the national audience share during prime time of nonbroadcast networks that reach 50 percent or more of MVPD households and have at least 50 hours per quarter of prime time programming that is not live or near-live or otherwise exempt under the video description rules.
The nonbroadcast networks currently subject to the video description requirements Start Printed Page 5750are USA, the Disney Channel, TNT, Nickelodeon, and TBS.
In accordance with the Commission's rules, the list of top five nonbroadcast networks will update at three year intervals to account for changes in ratings, and the first update will occur on July 1, 2015, based on the 2013 to 2014 ratings year.
According to data provided by the Nielsen Company, the top ten nonbroadcast networks for the 2013 to 2014 ratings year are: USA Network, ESPN, Turner Network Television, TBS Network, History, Disney Channel, Fox News Channel, Nickelodeon, A&E Network, and FX.
If a program network believes it should be excluded from the list of top five networks covered by the video description requirements because it does not air at least 50 hours of prime time programming that is not live or near-live or is otherwise exempt, it must seek an exemption no later than 30 days after publication of this Public Notice.
Filings should be submitted electronically in MB Docket No. 11-43 by accessing the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS): http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the Web site for submitting filings. The Media Bureau will promptly evaluate requests for exemption and will provide notice of any resulting revisions to the list.
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Federal Communications Commission.
William T. Lake,
Chief, Media Bureau.
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