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Aereo Trimming Staff

from Engadget

Rule changes that could give internet TV services a boost may not come in time for Aereo, which sent a letter to employees of its Boston development office (posted by BetaBoston) saying it will shut down business operations as of November 12th. Aereo tried to build a business using microantennas to stream OTA TV broadcasts to its customer’s devices over the internet, but the Supreme Court decided its approach was too much like cable TV — causing it to cut off service in June — while a District Court judge refused to acknowledge it as one. In the letter the company says it has been pursuing the possibilities of an acquisition or additional outside investment, but after the most recent loss October 23rd, that was just impossible. According to VP of communications Virginia Lam “In an effort to reduce costs, we made the difficult decision to lay off some of our staff in Boston and New York. We are continuing to conserve resources while we chart our path forward.”

More on Aereo…

Whether Aereo survives the winter or not, their epic battle may well be remembered as the last one Big Entertainment won.  Aereo’s appearance before the SCOTUS raised awareness of broadcast and streaming alternatives to cable and satellite and have made it very difficult for Comcast to kill off broadcast television.  Thank you Aereo!

Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future

from http://www.fcc.gov/blog/tech-transitions-video-and-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?

FCC Form 2000E

Broadcasters are required to maintain PSIP guide information including time and program name.  If a broadcaster is cheating by simply sending ‘DTV Programming’ or something similar, they are breaking the law.  When you notice a problem, it is polite to report the problem to the station, but you can report the problem directly to the FCC using FCC Form 2000E

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Complaints
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554

  • by telephone

1-888-CALL-FCC or
1-888-TELL-FCC (TTY)

By Len Mullen Posted in FCC, OTA