This recent story (paywalled) about the financial challenges YouTube TV and other “virtual cable” providers face is a good illustration of some points we’ve been making at Public Knowledge for a while. As the story notes, “these streaming services have yet to figure out how to make money. In fact, the more people they sign up, the more money they lose. That’s because the services are paying more for programming than what they’re charging consumers.”
PK Vice President of Government Affairs Chris Lewis joins Meredith Whipple to talk about the #UnlockTheBox campaign and what we can expect ahead for the set-top box marketplace from the Federal Communications Commission.
Zero-rating raises some pretty complicated issues both globally and domestically. For example, Public Knowledge has observed that T-Mobile's "Binge On" program, which doesn't count some video providers towards data usage caps, raises some competitive implications that should be carefully considered. Other zero-rating programs are more clearly anticompetitive. Comcast's continued exemption of its own data traffic from metering fits into that category. Public Knowledge has had a complaint pending at the FCC since 2012 regarding Comcast's zero-rating; this recent expansion of such behavior further illustrates the harms zero-rating can cause in some circumstances.
Meredith Filak Rose joins Meredith Whipple to discuss how the proposed Charter/Time Warner Cable merger with impact broadband consumers and competition and how it fits in to this year's "merger mania." She also chats about a new lawsuit involving World of Warcraft.
Many people have been "cutting the cord"--cancelling their cable TV subscriptions--and watching more video online. Usually, however, their broadband provider is the same company that used to be their TV provider. Cord-cutters tend to use broadband more than non-cord-cutters, so large cable companies that want cord-cutters to start paying them more again have hit on a solution: just charge more for broadband.