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BBC Paints a Pretty Canvas, but Will People Buy It?

LONDON, July 9, 2010 - Project Canvas, a bold attempt to make the Internet a major medium for TV distribution, is gathering steam in the United Kingdom, led by terrestrial broadcasters BBC and ITV, along with major telecommunication companies including the largest national carrier BT. The service, which will be launched under a new brand, possibly “YouView,” in early 2011, will allow U.K. consumers to watch broadcast programs including BBC channels as well as its iPlayer catch-up service, from their televisions via the Internet. Keep Reading

How can Residential Gateways spur Competition?

In a proposed Network Gateway-NOI and CableCARD NPRM, the commission is seeking input on how to best rework the CableCARD rules to make Set-Top-Boxes more universal in nature and easier for consumers to connect and network throughout the home to any video provider offerings. The question remains; is the FCC suited to take on another attempt to create competition within the Set-Top-Box market? Or should it leave this to market forces? Keep Reading

National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapter 4 and Privacy

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2010 – Chapter Four of the plan focuses on broadband competition and innovation policy. It’s one of the most far-reaching sections in the entire document. It starts by addressing various mobile and fixed networks and moves on to discuss specific devices, privacy and identity theft. This third and final article summarizing Chapter 4 looks at the FCC’s take on set-top boxes, consumer privacy and digital taxation. Keep Reading

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Cable industry: at a Cross-Roads

Cable providers are looking at a cross-roads with the current climate brought on by a new political landscape, a Democratic Congress, with an FCC mandated to change the future of broadband, and a public viewed skepticism of the Cable Industry. This adds up to significant changes which might threaten the status-quo of annual rate [...] Keep Reading

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