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Comcast, the 1992 Cable Act, and You

November 8, 2019 1992 Cable Act , Comcast , Mergers , monopsony , MVPD , Starz , Video Marketplace

Don’t be disappointed, but this post isn’t going to give you a complete history of the 1992 Cable Act. That law had a lot of great ideas — and led to some great results — but it also had some disappointments, as the law was either watered down or poorly implemented. However, one of its […]

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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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Why Is America Overpaying for Cable?

February 16, 2018 Cable Pricing , Competition , Video Marketplace

Cable costs are out of control. Over the last six years, consumers’ cable bills have increased by a whopping 40 percent.

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The Cable and Hollywood Endgame to Kill Set-Top Box Competition

September 16, 2016 Copyright , FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

You may be asking yourself how the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to eliminate the outrageous cable set-top box monopoly ripping off millions of consumers could be stopped. You may even be asking yourself this as you review your latest burgeoning cable bill.

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How Chairman Wheeler’s Video-App Plan Promotes Competition and Protects Private Rights

September 15, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

This probably doesn’t come as a shock to you, but programmers, broadcasters, and big Hollywood studios can’t ask cable companies to break the law, and vice versa.

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