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New FCC proposal would give Internet TV services access to same content as cable

By Himanshu Arora ยท 10 replies
Oct 29, 2014
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  1. The FCC is considering a rule change to guarantee Internet video providers access to cable programs as well as local television. Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated a proposal that aims to treat so-called "over the top" video providers the same...

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,794   +1,533

    Long, long, long overdue. Competition is the seed of improvement. The other major improvement would be making it unlawful for communities to "lock in" to a single cable / internet provider and require infrastructure owners to make available those routes so any and all cable providers could compete.
  3. I agree, but I guess the purpose of dividing up communities so they have limited access to the number of cable providers is actually to stop the major providers from becoming a monopoly by providing there service cheaper than the rest in all communities. Or something to that effect.
  4. "Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated a proposal"

    I had to read that twice...Would seem someone's pockets didn't get lined this year? hmmm?? lol
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,519   +513

    "The proposal only applies to multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD), like Dish Network, that offer pre-scheduled programming, and not to on-demand streaming providers like Hulu, Netflix, and others."

    WTF? Another industry-influenced decision? If I wanted Dish, I would never have cut the cord this past March. In my opinion, the FCC is back in the Jurassic period with this.

    Me? I'll stick with my 4, OTA tuners.
  6. S_Brideau

    S_Brideau TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Long overdue, as people are cutting the cable and moving to the internet. I have cut the cable myself which means I don't have access to local programming except when they post it on their website.
  7. "Competition is the seed of improvement."

    I'd say Cooperation is the seed of improvement. Competition may force changes though not always for the better.
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,519   +513

    What about OTA tuners? I used to have Dish Network and they had less local programming that what I get OTA. I've gone the HTPC route, and finding an OTA tuner for that was not that difficult.
  9. S_Brideau

    S_Brideau TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Never really thought about that, but then again in Canada there aren't many channels over the air, only the public broadcasters such as CBC or Radio-Canada (the french CBC) really are required to be over the air as well. I'll see if I have friends that have this and check what they have, since I haven't seen OTA in the city I live in, but in the rural area I come from (now I live in the city) there are only 3 channels OTA which aren't channels I used to listen to.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,162   +3,260

    Just give us better Internet services (such as higher transfer rates and lower ping rates) and stop worrying about whether we have TV bundles. Fix the network before you think of more ways to saturate it.
  11. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,519   +513

    Agreed! In NYS that is starting to happen. I imagine that in other areas, it will also happen in time. Greenlight Networks has been given permission by the NYSPSC to lay fiber to the home. Can't wait to dump TWC (with the C standing for, well, you know what) when it comes to my neighborhood.
  12. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,519   +513

    As I understand it, the OTA scheme used in Canada is the same as in the US. That means that each OTA digital station could carry up to 4 sub-channels.

    Also, in rural areas, in flat areas where "line of sight" to the transmitters is not an issue, DTV is quite a different animal than analog TV was. Say you live in between two cities that have OTA stations. In theory, anyway, it is possible to get the OTA from both cities in all the glory that digital can bring. DTV is way different. There are drawbacks, though; where I live even though I am in a city, I live in a valley and it tends to make OTA reception challenging, but it is watchable.

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