Items tagged "MVPD"

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DECE and the War on Ownership

January 15, 2010 Analog Hole , Anti-circumvention , DRM , MVPD , TV Everywhere

In the media world, there’s an ongoing war about what it means to “own” a copy of something. Most of us are used to the world of paper books and plastic CDs, where the media you buy is yours to do what you like with, be that play it in your living room, lend it to a friend, or (as a practical matter) rip it to your computer for your own use on other devices or locations. But in the world of DRM, the copyright owner gets to decide when, if, and for how long you get to do those things. The latest salvo in the battle to get consumers to accept DRM is DECE: the “Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem.” DECE appears to be an attempt to make DRM interoperate better across different devices, services, and content sources. Is this a good thing – or at least a less bad thing – for content users? I’m not holding my breath…

**Ownership vs.

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Will over-the-top make it over the hump?

January 11, 2010 Competition , MVPD , Network Neutrality , Set-Top Box , TV Everywhere

Next generation video reached critical mass at CES. From Steve Ballmer's keynote to small two-person booths, from the most established players to tiny start-ups, the question of how best to deliver the video content that people want, where and when they want it, is at the forefront of many strategies for 2010 and beyond.

The question is whether it can reach critical mass in the marketplace.

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PK Successfully Predicts the Future: FCC Evolution Waiver Destroys Competition

December 9, 2009 Competition , FCC , MVPD , Plug and Play , Set-Top Box

This summer, PK flagged a decision by the FCC that was a big step towards undermining any remaining competition in the cable set-top box world. In fact, it was such a big step in the wrong direction that we filed a petition asking the FCC to reconsider its decision.

There is great background for this “Evolution waiver” (named after the company that originally requested it – Evolution, Inc. – not because anything is evolving) here, so I won’t rehash all of the details.

The short version is that the FCC thought it needed to waive its existing rules designed to create competition in cable set-top boxes in order to make sure that low-cost set-top boxes were available.

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UGC is More Than Just Hamsters on a Piano

October 14, 2009 Broadband , Data Caps , FCC , MVPD , Network Neutrality

During the discussions that PK has been involved with around the National Broadband Plan, video has been a reoccurring theme. Everyone seems to agree that the next big thing to drive broadband (adoption, speeds, capacity, whatever) is the delivery of video over the internet. Someone will point to Netflix streaming, to Hulu, to Amazon, to Boxee, to YouTube, and say that they are merely the tip of the iceberg. Soon everyone will be sending and streaming video all over the internet, which is why we need more capacity.

In every one of these conversations, no matter what the context, there is always a point where people start to discuss what the video actually will be.

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