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  • FCC Chairman Proposes a Change to Video and its Transition to the Future


    The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, recently passed around a proposal that would give Internet-based video services the same access to live content from both cable and local stations, very similar to television broadcasters. This particular proposal seeks to change the definition of “multichannel video programming distributor” (MVPD) to be technology-agnostic and allow for consumers to subscribe to channels a la carte from various internet services.

    Tom Wheeler wrote the following in a blog post regarding the matter:

    Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch. The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration - but first Internet video services need access to the programs.
    For those of you who didn’t know, the definition of MVPD is exactly what got “antenna subscription” service, Aereo, into trouble with the federal authorities previously. Back in June this year, the Supreme Court ended up ruling that Aereo had no right to rebroadcast content under the provision. If this new rule does somehow get implemented, prospective streaming providers would still be required to reach a financial agreement with the content owners. Furthermore, they wouldn’t be allowed to provide on-demand programming, only “linear channels, which offer the viewer a prescheduled lineup of programs.”

    What do you think of Tom Wheeler’s proposition? Personally, it seems like it’s the way of the future. For business reasons it’s likely that the television broadcasters will oppose the move or at the very least push back.

    Source: FCC via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FCC Chairman Proposes a Change to Video and its Transition to the Future started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Abbaroc's Avatar
      Abbaroc -
      Looks like apple was smart in holding the Apple TV announcement. I hope they buy nintendo when the push their home system center. (Pipe dream) anyway.. Imagine all my smart appliances controlled by my Apple TV? Washing machine alerts from smart washers.. Ppl at the door show up picture in picture. FaceTime ppl from the tv. Without mirroring my phone.. Just don't send these smart alerts in the middle of my roommates baseball game. Smh. I'd have to get a new one every week during the season. Love the controller forwarding too. Great move.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      It would be about time! Television needs to die already. The fact that we can't choose our channels has deeply bothered me for a very long time.

      Expect a LOT of resistance from Democrats. The Left relies upon television to send out their message. HBO, for example, is the tip of the spear when it comes to pushing the Progressive agenda, and notice how you can't sign up for a movie service without getting it! HBO is the television equivalent of toolbar malware.

      Recently HBO decoupled itself from the shackles of television, though, by offering HBO Go as a stand-alone internet movie streaming service, so I'm pretty sure they've seen the writing on the wall, too.