1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. General Business
  4. Article 26: Miscellaneous


Section 399-YYY Satellite television company providing television and/or telephone services

General Business (GBS)

Satellite television company providing television and/or telephone services. 1. Every direct broadcast satellite service provider, as defined in this section, that provides television and/or telephone services to customers in New York shall allow a person who is under contract including, but not limited to a multi-year contract or bundled contract with such satellite television company, to opt-out of such contract without charge when such a person is a victim of domestic violence and requests to opt-out in writing. Such victim of domestic violence shall provide to such satellite television company any of the following documents, which shall relate to such domestic violence, within six months of the document's issuance: (a) a valid domestic violence incident report form, as such term is defined in subdivision fifteen of section eight hundred thirty-seven of the executive law; (b) a valid police report; (c) a valid order of protection; (d) a signed affidavit from a licensed medical or mental health care provider, employee of a court acting within the scope of his or her employment, social worker, a rape crisis counselor, as defined in section forty-five hundred ten of the civil practice law and rules, or advocate acting on behalf of an agency that assists domestic violence victims. A claim for opting-out of such contract without charge shall be made in good faith. Such satellite television company shall waive the otherwise applicable charges for such person requesting to opt-out of such contract.

  2. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

  (a) "Direct broadcast satellite service", means the distribution or broadcasting by satellite of video programming or services directly to receiving equipment located at an end user subscriber's or an end user customer's premises, including, but not limited to, the provision of premium channels, the provision of music or other audio services or channels, and any other service received in connection with the provision of direct broadcast satellite service.

  (b) "Direct broadcast satellite service provider", means a person who transmits, broadcasts or otherwise provides direct broadcast satellite service to subscribers or customers in the state.