Items tagged "MVPD"

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Public Knowledge Asks FCC to Ensure that Retransmission Consent System Protects Viewers

December 1, 2015 MVPD , Video Competition

Today, Public Knowledge and Open Technology Institute filed joint comments on the Retransmission Consent rules to the Federal Communications Commission in response to the agency’s September 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Advancing Competitive Protections for Online Video

December 19, 2014 FCC , Future of Video , MVPD , Press Release , Video

Today, the Federal Communications Commission tentatively concluded that online services qualify as “multichannel programming distributors” and asked for further public input on some technical issues. The FCC’s legal conclusion means that certain online services will qualify for competitive protections, among other things.

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FCC General Counsel Outlines Path to Improving Video Competition

October 17, 2014 Competition , FCC , MVPD

Today, FCC General Counsel Jonathan Sallet gave a speech at the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy Conference providing some details about the FCC’s approach to video competition. The speech indicated that the FCC is considering recognizing that online video services can be “multichannel video programming distributors,” like cable and satellite TV, under the Communications Act.

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Public Knowledge Says TV Networks Wrong To Block Google TV

October 22, 2010 Broadband , MVPD , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“Broadcasters hold a public trust, whether they like it or not.  They receive billions of dollars in free publicly owned spectrum to distribute their programming.

“It is truly disappointing that broadcasters would leverage their programming to deny access to viewers who watch the shows over another medium — on cable or online.  When a broadcaster exercises its market power in pursuit of maintaining a business model while stifling competition by blocking Hulu, Fox.com (or Google TV), the broadcaster violates that public trust and harms consumers.

“It is time to bring a rational structure to the rules and laws governing the retransmission of TV programming.  If online video is to emerge as an independent medium, it must be free from the power that broadcasters bring to bear.”

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Public Knowledge Asks Consumer Protections In Cable-Broadcaster Battles

December 31, 2009 MVPD , Press Release

Background: There are two disputes around the country between cable companies and TV networks over carriage of programming. One is between Time Warner Cable and Fox, the other between Mediacom and the Sinclair broadcasting chain. If unresolved, cable subscribers would lose access to broadcast programming starting tomorrow.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“It's a shame consumers all over the country are once again caught in the middle of a dispute between cable companies and TV broadcasters over the terms of popular programming being carried on cable systems. It's an unfortunate situation in which no one wins. For 2010, the situation has to change or consumers will, time after time, lose again either through loss of programming or higher cable rates.

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Public Knowledge Tells FCC To Protect Web Video, Re-Think Broadband Benchmarks

September 2, 2009 Broadband , FCC , MVPD , Press Release , TV Everywhere

In testimony to FCC workshops, Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn will recommend tomorrow that the FCC use its National Broadband Plan to protect consumer access to "over-the-top" video services like Hulu. Legal Director Harold Feld will recommend today that the Commission expand its set of broadband benchmarks while using new data-collection techniques to include a wider "broadband ecology." Sohn will testify tomorrow on the panel dealing with Internet TV issues, scheduled for 11:15 a.m.

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Comcast, the 1992 Cable Act, and You

November 8, 2019 1992 Cable Act , Comcast , Mergers , monopsony , MVPD , Starz , Video Marketplace

Don’t be disappointed, but this post isn’t going to give you a complete history of the 1992 Cable Act. That law had a lot of great ideas — and led to some great results — but it also had some disappointments, as the law was either watered down or poorly implemented. However, one of its […]

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The Other Reclassification: FCC Action on MVPDs Could Increase Online Video Competition

March 4, 2015 Broadband , Competition , FCC , MVPD

You may be forgiven if, given all the attention given to the FCC’s decision to classify broadband as “telecommunications” under Title II of the Communications Act, you missed that the FCC was also considering another “reclassification,” of a sort. Specifically, the FCC is considering allowing online services to operate as “multichannel video programming distributors,” an action that could benefit consumers and competition by opening up the video marketplace to new entrants, and paving the way for online services to offer the same kinds of channels that are available today only through traditional pay-TV services like cable and satellite. Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments supporting the FCC’s proposed action, which could increase consumer choice while bringing down prices without subjecting most kinds of online video services to additional regulation.

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More Reports of Technology Giants Interested in Internet TV Show That the Problem Isn’t Technology

July 17, 2013 Future of Video , MVPD

Technology isn’t holding back Internet TV—the structure of the media industry is.


Rumors of Intel’s and Apple’s interest in launching some kind of online cable service have been circulating for months. Years, even. It’s clear that major tech companies have the technology ready, and they’ve been making phone calls and taking meetings. People talk, reports get written. Now, we can add Google to the mix. As the Wall Street Journal first reported, it’s interested in launching some kind of online TV service, too—one that is intended to actually substitute for a traditional pay TV subscription by having current, popular shows from both cable and broadcast channels, and not just supplement it with on-demand access to a back catalog or user-generated content.

So with all these rumors, and all these giant tech companies involved, why haven’t we actually seen a service get launched? The technology’s ready. Other countries already have online cable TV–Sweden’s Magine, a company that outright says “We’re meaning to replace your cable network,” is expanding internationally. Why doesn’t the US?

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More Confirmation That Incumbents Restrict Online Video

June 12, 2013 Future of Video , MVPD

New comments by Time Warner Cable CEO back up what we already knew—incumbent companies are holding back video innovation.


It’s puzzling to many observers why so many programmers don’t make their content more widely available online. It seems like programmers are leaving money on the table. Shows that are available online are talked about more, watched more, and pirated less. Viewers are demanding easier access to shows that is not tethered to their home and does not require a cable subscription, yet the market is not delivering it. Why is this?

There are two big reasons. The giant content companies have a symbiotic relationship with cable. They sell programming exclusively to cable (and satellite) and charge a lot for it. This forces cable companies to raise their bills but, since they’re the only source of programming people want, they’re able to. There’s nowhere to switch to. Only now, as cable bills are reaching unsustainable levels and cable companies are seeing that online video has the technological potential to become a competitor to cable, are some cable companies finally objecting publicly.

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