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PK In the Know Podcast

September 30, 2011 Music , Music Licensing , MVPD

On today’s podcast, we discuss disruptions – or nondisruptions – in the music (here, here, here, and here) and pay-TV industries (here and here).  We also chat with Zak Homuth of Upverter about creating tools to design open source hardware, just what open source hardware means, and the Sleep-n-Tweet.

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NCTA to FCC: AllVid Might Actually Work, and That’s a Problem

February 11, 2011 MVPD , Set-Top Box

Usually, routine letters to the FCC from industry players, asking it to take some action or pleading with it not to, don’t get much coverage. But the tech press has picked up on an amazingly overheated letter (PDF link) from the NCTA (cable’s trade association), where it claims that AllVid (which we’ve written about on the blog many times) would turn cable systems into nothing but “wholesalers,” and that allowing users a choice of user interfaces with which to view their content would throw their businesses into disarray.

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PK In the Know Podcast

October 29, 2010 Innovation , Mobile Communication , MVPD , TV Everywhere

On today’s podcast, we talk the Fox/Cablevision retransmission battle, Comcast’s announcement that you don’t need to be on a Comcast Internet connection to get Xfinity video, Apple’s universal SIM card that will never be useful in the United States, the copyright protections that were the secret to Netflix’s success, and Amazon’s small step towards allowing book sharing on the Kindle.

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Fox/Cablevision And FCC Learned Helplessness, or “Finding the FCC’s ‘Man Pants.'”

October 27, 2010 Competition , Enforcement , FCC , MVPD , Regulatory Reform

I feel a good deal of sympathy for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski over the ongoing fight between Fox and Cablevision. My brother the educator likes to say that “responsibility without authority is trauma.” Or, in other words, if you are responsible for something but don’t actually have the authority to do anything about it, then the only thing you can do is suffer when things go wrong. So it is for Genachowski and Fox/Cablevision — under the FCC’s current rules. But here’s the funny thing. The FCC actually has fairly strong statutory authority to take action. So while Genachowski is in a bind, he can actually fix the problem. He even has a vehicle all teed up and waiting in the form of our Petition to change the “retransmission consent” rules (I’ll explain what those are below).

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Last Week’s Highlights

October 18, 2010 Enforcement , IP3 , MVPD , Set-Top Box

Too busy last week to follow the ins and outs of technology and telecom policy? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Here are last week’s highlights.

Public Knowledge hosted its seventh annual IP3 Awards. As one reporter put it, “scads of technology and telecommunications professionals gathered on Capitol Hill” for the event. This year, we had four winners: Pamela Samuelson for her work in Information Policy, Susan Crawford for Internet Protocol, Michael Geist for Intellectual Property, and Nina Paley also for Intellectual Property.

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