The election cycle process is critical to administer accurately and on time. It is also time intensive. ATV has provided this degree of service to 49 states and Puerto Rico to date. ATV has the data base and experience to do so in the ever changing landscape to MVPD ownership changes with a history of sending thousands of election letters each cycle. ATV makes it simple for the stations leaving only signing and sending from the station. ATV can provide this support to stations on an a la carte basis or to include the negotiation process.
With a history of negotiations in 157 DMAs, ATV is engaged in retransmision consent negotiations on an ongoing basis. Most stations only see this once every three years. It is essential to be current on language, terms, and the ramifications of decisions well beyond the important issue of rates. ATV has a finger on the pulse of all the elements important to stations in this rapidly changing environment.
ATV has a relationship to secure FCC council support when stations need it during Network Affiliation negotiations. Given the complexity and economic implications in recent agreements, ATV believes it to be paramount to have this additional support available.
ATV is insistent on protecting stations rights and borders. ATV has witnessed many errors and misconceptions related to Network Exclusivity. ATV eliminates the margin for error by applying timely and accurate notice to the appropriate MVPDs in the correct format tailored to each.
ATV understands the nuances of providing timely protection notices to MVPDs for a station's syndicated assets. ATV works with the stations to provide this service included with retransmission consent negotiations. Protection within a station's counties is only as good as how it is implemented. ATV knows this process and provides this support to keep it simple for stations.
ATV has provided syndication distribution to various programmers historically as well as currently.
Examples of Syndication:
- Crawford the Cat
- Responsible for Crawford the Cat production, distribution, web and app distribution to assist in educating youth in social skills, nutrition, and health.
- Hispanic College Quiz
- Aided in achieving carriage of the annual Hispanic College Quiz show with broadcast television stations highlighting engaging challenges and achievements by participants.
- Black College Quiz
- Brought additional carriage of the annual Black College Quiz programming to broadcast television stations bringing focus to intellectual challenges.
- Dream Makers
- Exclusive representation for distribution of a series of documentaries to include the amazing history and significance of the American Basketball Association and how it shaped and formed today's NBA.
- The Caribbean Channel
- Expanded distribution of The Caribbean Channel through show representaion at MIPCOM.
ATV has worked with new multicast and cable programmers to elevate their distribution with MVPD carriage commitments to enable them to monetize with critical mass more quickly. See examples in the Network Building section.
ATV can connect broadcasters with an independent auditing company that provides auditing services specifically oriented to auditing MVPDs that are not in the top ten size. This is currently an unserved market. See the link to MetaMedia Reporting, LLC.
ATV has worked closely with stations on copyright issues to include out of DMA carriage.
At the request of clients, ATV began offering revenue processing of payments from MVPDs for retransmission consent payments to enable better tracking and lessening the workload at the station.
After the deals are done, channel position verification is part of ATV's service to ensure compliance with terms and conditions of agreements and also for reporting to network programmers as needed.
One of ATV's strengths is connecting dots. When we identify a need or a desired direction, ATV has broad knowledge and relationships to identify options for how to accomplish desired outcomes. This is particularly important between stations and MVPDs.
Whether it be a mutually beneficial additional shared channel in a market or bringing unlikely partners together, ATV has contacts within the broadcast, broadband, cable and programming circles at the decision maker level. There are many success stories.