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No Shortage of Ways to Bring TV Prices Down

July 30, 2018 Cable Pricing , Competition , Future of Video , Set-Top Boxes , Video Marketplace

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.”

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PK In The Know Podcast: Chris Lewis on Unlocking the Box

March 7, 2016 FCC , Future of Video , Set-Top Boxes , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

PK In The Know Podcast: Chris Lewis on Unlocking the Box

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Comcast’s Latest Zero-Rating Plan Threatens Video Choice

November 20, 2015 Competition , FCC , Future of Video , Video Marketplace , Zero Rating

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.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger and Blizzard World of Warcraft Lawsuit

November 16, 2015 Broadband , CharterTWC , Copyright , Future of Video , Video Marketplace

PK In The Know Podcast: Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger and Blizzard World of Warcraft Lawsuit

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With Data Caps on the Rise, the FCC Must Consider Competitive Implications

November 9, 2015 Broadband Access , Data Caps , FCC , Future of Video , Video Marketplace

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.

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