Broadband Roundup: With Aereo off the Air for Now, Alternatives Seek Advantage, and Legislators Advocate for Municipal Broadband
Broadband Roundup, Copyright, Wireless
June 30th, 2014
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 -Following the Supreme Court’s blow last week against Aereo, the video streaming service has shut down indefinitely as it drags back into the lower courts. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia wrote a letter to consumers explaining the decision. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court […]
Time Warner Cable and Viacom Take iPad Dispute To Court
Copyright, Intellectual Property
April 8th, 2011
Time Warner Cable’s dispute with Viacom over the question of whether the cable company is allowed to stream certain television channels onto its customers’ iPads within the confines of their own homes spilled into court Thursday when both sides asked the court to enforce their interpretations of their business contracts.
Analysis: Despite New Entrants, Netflix-CBS Deal Secures Spot At The Top
Broadband's Impact, Media
February 25th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 25, 2011 – Amazon’s new movie streaming service represents a first step into the market but it will be a while before it – or any other new entrant to the sector – challenges Nexflix at the top of the heap.
This week through its Prime subscription service, Amazon offered free streaming movies and television shows to its subscribers. Amazon will offer more than 5,000 movies and shows that subscribers can access through their computers, compatible Blu-ray players or set top boxes that Amazon has begun to feature on its website. This move represents Amazon’s entry into the new and unstructured online video market.
Analysis: CNBCU Conditions Will Stimulate Growth, Not Restrict It
FCC, Media, Media ownership, Net Neutrality
February 2nd, 2011
The Federal Communications Commission’s recent approval of Comcast’s purchase of NBCU has come with some major conditions that will limit any potential discriminatory policies the new firm might have engaged in.
The new entity, CNBCU, will become one of the nation’s largest content creation and distribution companies. CNBCU will be in a unique position in that they will not only control the creation of content but also the method in which it is distributed. Unchecked, this vertical integration could lead to monopolistic actions.
Content Makers Seek Protection but Waver When It Comes to Network Neutrality
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
October 28th, 2010
WASHINGTON, October 28, 2010 – Many content makers have called upon the Federal Communications Commission to protect their ability to distribute content via the internet, yet these same content makers are reluctant to play by the same rules. Recent decisions by content makers to block some Google TV and an ESPN service show the murkiness of the debates surrounding network neutrality.
Make No Mistake: Internet Content Subscription Models will come!
Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion
February 21st, 2010
Why do Internet users continually resist paid content on a systematic basis? Keep in mind that many current Internet business models were built on the premise, (create the content and they will come).
To Comcast-NBCU CEO’s: Consistency in Message to Regulators a Must
Expert Opinion, Transparency
February 6th, 2010
Recent hearings before the House on the proposed merger between Comcast and NBCU drew both accolades and skepticism for regulators on Feb 4, 2010. The skepticism seemed to come from what was perceived as inconsistencies in previous statements by CEO’s Roberts and Zucker from what was being purported in the public meeting.
Comcast’s impending Regulatory Hurdle: Simple Motives behind a Dream – NBC-Universal
Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Transparency
January 24th, 2010
Since announcement of the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger consummated the deal creating subsequent analysis and conjecture about how the new venture will be structured, with its impact on programming distribution and fears of dominance, and anti-trust issues within the marketplace; Comcast is set to go before regulators to convince a skeptical crowd how this union [...]
New Broadband Ecosystem – With Content Protection – Offers Better Future for Entertainment Industry
October 8th, 2008
WASHINGTON, October 8 – The “broadband ecosystem” of the future needs strong legal, technological and cultural efforts to protect American intellectual property, a group of entertainment and technology executives said Wednesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Fifth Intellectual Property Summit.