[A2k] Fwd: [IP] Cord cutters, rejoice: FCC moves to clear the way for online TV providers

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Mon Dec 22 08:32:56 PST 2014


xcasting coming . . .

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From: "Dewayne Hendricks" <dewayne at warpspeed.com>
Date: Dec 22, 2014 10:33 AM
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] Cord cutters, rejoice: FCC moves to clear the way
for online TV providers
To: "Multiple recipients of Dewayne-Net" <dewayne-net at warpspeed.com>
Cc:

[Note:  This item comes from friend Bob Frankston.  Bob's comment:'Even
though Aereo won’t have an opportunity to compete in this new world,????'
DLH]

Cord cutters, rejoice: FCC moves to clear the way for online TV providers
By JASON ABBRUZZESE
Dec 20 2014
<
http://mashable.com/2014/12/19/fcc-multichannel-video-programming-distributor/
>

The cable and satellite television industry could be in for a big shift
thanks to a small change proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.

The regulator is officially considering a tweak to regulation that would
remove a major roadblock for companies seeking to offer television online,
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in a statement released on Friday. The
change, if adopted, would allow any company that streams numerous TV
channels online to gain the important designation of a multichannel video
programming distributor, or MVPD.

"Big company control over access to programming should not keep programs
from being available on the Internet. Today, we propose to break that
bottleneck," Wheeler wrote.

In addition to the blog post, Wheeler officially released the FCC's Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which is the first official step toward
changing the regulation. The NPRM must now be adopted by a vote from FCC
commissioners, after which it will be open to comment before a final vote
to actually change the rule.

It is notoriously difficult to start an MVPD, requiring massive investment
in infrastructure to deliver television programming. By allowing for
virtual MVPDs — TV providers that use the Internet to distribute content —
that requirement is lessened significantly. Gaining the designation of an
MVPD forces content creators to negotiate fees for retransmission of TV
from local broadcast stations as well as programmers that are also
affiliated with a cable provider.

The change is somewhat technical. Currently, a company is required to have
transmission facilities to qualify as an MVPD. This change would remove
that requirement, allowing any outlet that streams more than one channel of
linear programming (meaning scheduled TV, not on-demand) and charges for it
to become an MVPD.

"When digital technology made video simply zeroes and ones, it opened up
the opportunity for new Internet-based competition to cable and satellite
services," Wheeler wrote in the post. "Yet efforts by new entrants to
develop new video services have faltered because they could not get access
to programming content that was owned by cable networks or broadcasters."

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