Entries Matching: Future Of Video
Today, the Supreme Court decided it will hear a case that could determine the future of many online computing services, with additional implications for the video marketplace.
Today, the Supreme Court decided it would review the Second Circuit's decision that online service Aereo was not infringing copyrights in television programming. In April of last year, the appeals court in New York held that Aereo was not violating the copyright holders' public performance right when it transmits over-the-air broadcasts to individual users on the Internet.
TWC and CBS blackout debacle is showing once again that we need to reform our
video market. For this to happen, the people have to be vocal and call for
reform. The McCain/Blumenthal Cable Bill – S.912 is the first step on
that path and it needs more co-sponsors.
ardent free market mavens will tell you, the current system where
broadcasters can withdraw their free broadcast signal and demand payment for
retransmitting it has nothing to do with a free market.
started with the market distorting gift of free
broadcast licenses to use the public airwaves to broadcasters like CBS by the
government. In exchange for this and other regulatory goodies, they have one
responsibility – provide free programming to the public in their local
market. For reasons I won’t get into (but you can read about at length here),
Congress in 1992 gave broadcasters the right to demand cable operators pay to
retransmit this free broadcasting signal, thus spawning the current
consumer-abuse machine known as “retransmission consent.”
CBS crossed a line
from permissible hardball tactics to unfair consumer abuse when it blocked TWC
broadband subscribers from accessing content on CBS.com. The FCC needs to
enforce rules on consumer protection, and Congress needs to fix the broken
system of retransmission consent.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) subscribers find themselves
suffering through no fault of their own in what has become an all too familiar
scenario for cable and satellite TV subscribers. After months of negotiation,
CBS and Time Warner Cable could not come to terms for carriage of CBS’
broadcast programming or its Showtime premium cable network. As a result, Time
Warner Cable video subscribers can
no longer watch CBS or Showtime in several major markets.
But then CBS went further. To put more pressure on TWC, CBS
blocked all subscribers to TWC broadband from accessing certain content on its
CBS.com website. This punishes not just the Time Warner Cable video
subscribers in the markets impacted by the blackout, but also TWC broadband subscribers
who live outside the blacked out markets, and those that rely
on free over-the-air TV or use a pay TV provider other than TWC (e.g., DIRECTV).
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?
Permits for online video production are up, which means the industry is coming into its own.
Last week, Los Angeles announced that “Web-Based TV” on-location film permits were up 63% compared to last year. While that is an impressive percentage increase, the absolute number was even more striking. In the second quarter there were 499 permit requests – compared to 381 for TV Sitcoms and 384 for TV pilots.
For an industry that is often thought of as people making videos and posting them from their bedroom, this is a number worth considering for a moment. It means that online video production is moving into the streets – and getting bigger in the process.