Items tagged "Future of Video"

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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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Following Petition from Public Knowledge, FCC Votes to End Sports Blackout Rule

September 30, 2014 FCC , Future of Video

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to repeal the sports blackout rule.

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Public Knowledge Sends Letter To Senators Rockefeller and Thune With STAVRA Concerns

September 16, 2014 Future of Video , STAVRA

Today, Public Knowledge, Consumers Union, and the Free Press Action Fund sent a joint letter to Senators Rockefeller and Thune, expressing concern over the lack of consumer protection in the STAVRA Legislation.

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Public Knowledge to Testify in Senate STELA Hearing

March 25, 2014 Future of Video , Judiciary , STELA

John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, will testify tomorrow before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the hearing titled, “Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA).” Bergmayer’s testimony will recommend that Congress reauthorize STELA to ensure that customers can continue to receive the programming they pay for.

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Public Knowledge Praises FCC Program Carriage Rules

August 1, 2011 FCC , Future of Video , Press Release


The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

“Consumers will benefit from the rules the Federal Communications Commission issued today that allow programming to continue to be carried on video systems when there is a dispute over carriage.

“Consumers could be stuck in the middle when the cable and satellite operators reach an impasse with program providers over carriage issues.  Under the rules the FCC issued, programming will continue to be available while disputes are resolved.

“We are also heartened by the Commission’s proposed rules requiring video carriers, like telephone, cable and satellite companies, to deal in good faith with independent programmers.  These rules are long overdue and their absence has allowed for the potential for anticompetitive, and anti-consumer, behavior in excluding programming channels in which the operators have no stake.”




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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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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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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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Local Broadcasters Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of Online Video

September 4, 2015 Copyright , FCC , Future of Video , MVPDs , Retransmission Consent

The role of network affiliates in the media industry is a strange one. It would be unfortunate if they stood in the way of the evolving online video marketplace. A Wall Street Journal article from today suggests they are.

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Creating Consumer Choice in Set-Top Boxes

August 31, 2015 CableCARD , FCC , Future of Video , Set-Top Boxes

Imagine what the smartphone industry would look like if 99% of people used phones designed and sold by their carriers, instead of by companies like Samsung, Apple, and Motorola. You don’t need to imagine too hard, though, since we have a pretty good idea already: they’d be as hard to use, ugly, expensive and outdated as cable set-top boxes, a market where 99% of users rent devices provided by their cable operators.

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