Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future


The mantra “Competition, Competition, Competition” fits perfectly with consumers’ desires for video choices. That’s why I’m asking my fellow Commissioners to update video competition rules so our rules won’t act as a barrier to this kind of innovation. Specifically, I am asking the Commission to start a rulemaking proceeding in which we would modernize our interpretation of the term “multichannel video programming distributor” (MVPD) so that it is technology-neutral. The result of this technical adjustment will be to give MVPDs that use the Internet (or any other method of transmission) the same access to programming owned by cable operators and the same ability to negotiate to carry broadcast TV stations that Congress gave to satellite systems in order to ensure competitive video markets.

We have passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video. The innovation of Internet Protocol (IP) has freed video from these closed pathways and single-purpose devices. The proposal put forth today will update FCC rules to recognize this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice.

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman 10/28/2014

Did Aereo just win or something?

3 thoughts on “Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future

  1. The key is the statement “ability to negotiate to carry broadcast TV stations”

    Thats why Aereo lost…. they couldnt compete with big bucks satellite and cable if they had to pay for the content. Oh I disagreed with Scotus on their ruling but fcc chairman is a wolf in sheeps clothing


    • Before the SCOTUS hearing, Chet Kanojia claimed Aereo could be profitable paying the ‘going rate’ for the channels it sought to rebroadcast as long as it was not forced to accept a bundle. Following the hearing, Aereo filed a letter with the US District Court of NY announcing plans to go forward as a cable company. Until the SCOTUS ruling, courts had blocked such infringements based on a definition of a MVPD that said the channels had to be physical. “The Supreme Court’s holding that Aereo is a cable system under the Copyright Act is significant because, as a cable system, Aereo is now entitled to the benefits of the copyright statutory license pursuant to the Copyright Act,” the letter said. “Aereo is proceeding to file the necessary statement of account and royalty fees.” With this FCC initiative, it looks like Wheeler is going to accommodate Aereo by redefining the MVPD.


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