Items tagged "Video Marketplace"

Podcast

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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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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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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Unlocking the Box Will Benefit Rural America

September 14, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to unlock the box will benefit all pay-TV viewers, but particularly rural Americans, who often rely heavily on pay-TV subscriptions for information and entertainment. Where they live, broadband may be unavailable or slow, and over-the-air TV may be hard to tune in. Under the proposal that FCC Chairman Wheeler has circulated to the other four Commissioners, rural Americans will save money on device rental fees and benefit from an upgrade to their viewing experience.

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#UnlockTheBox: It’s Now Or Never

September 12, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Unlock the Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Every time I tell people about the Federal Communications Commission’s #UnlockTheBox proceeding, the reaction is always the same: It’s a no-brainer. They burst into rants about how much they hate the boxes, that they hate paying so much, and that they can’t understand why someone hasn’t done something about this cable box rip-off that results in such a lackluster product and poor service. Even as they thank heaven, the FCC, and consumer advocates for their efforts to actually fix this, they ask why it hasn’t been done sooner. It’s getting ridiculous.

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Moving Beyond the Cable Box

July 22, 2016 FCC , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

Some critics of the Federal Communications Commission’s “Unlock the Box” proposal have suggested that the FCC ought to pursue a “no box” approach–that is, some kind of policy (or hands-off approach) that would let customers do away with the set-top box entirely, relying on apps instead, rather than introducing new competition in the set-top box market. The proposal put forward by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, AT&T, and others even calls itself “Ditch the Box.”

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