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17
May
2013

Ripples from Aereo TV decision continue to widen

It's only been a little over six weeks since the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the Aereo TV litigation, which is summarized here: http://www.kandutsch.com/articles/aereo-2-broadcast-networks-zip. We've just begun to see the ripple effects of the court's decision, including News Corporation (Fox) announcing that it will consider re-packaging its free off-air TV channels as pay-TV cable channels, Senator John McCain's amendment of his cable a la carte bill in Congress to require the FCC to auction the spectrum of any broadcaster that moves its must-see programming to cable, Time Warner Cable's statement that if Aereo emerges victorious, the company might invest in similar antenna technology to avoid retransmission consent fees. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2013/05/02/f6b43b84-b27b-11e2-baf7-5bc2a9dc6f44_story.html.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

03
May
2013

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The association of poetry with magic goes back a long way in our culture, at least since Plato expelled poets from his Republic if not earlier. Less dramatically, let us say that the writing and reading of literature has always implied a transformative power – the power to transform the self and redeem the fallen world. But at the same time, at the end of the day, the poet needs to earn a living just like the plumber, and the weight of words adds nothing to nor subtracts from the weight of the world on one's shoulders.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

25
March
2013

Re-reading Nabokov

I wrote in a previous entry that I have been re-reading several novels first read in my youth. Recently, I have read several novels by Russian émigré writer Vladimir Nabokov, including Laughter in the Dark, Pnin, and now Lolita.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

30
January
2013

Cord-cutting, A la carte, sports channels

Cord-cutting is proceeding apace at the beginning of 2013.

According to a new survey from Nielsen Wire, homes with broadband Internet and free, broadcast TV are becoming a growing trend, increasing by 22.8 percent during the last year.

The number of homes subscribing to wired cable has decreased 4.1 percent in the last year, while telephone company-provided and satellite TV subscriptions have seen increases of 21.1 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

28
January
2013

Globalization of Popular Culture: Neymar and Bolano

Not long ago, I watched a cable show about "the 10 most hated celebrities in America."

Vindicated baby-killer Casey Anthony checked in at number one.

Curiosity moved me to Google the most hated celebrity in Brazil and the result was somewhat surprising. Hated celebrities 10 through 2 are the Brazilian versions of Paris Hilton, Spenser Pratt, and Kim Kardashian – obnoxious, extremely wealthy airheads who are famous for being famous.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

19
November
2012

Broadband Communities Magazine

Broadband Communities Magazine has recognized the Kandutsch Law Office as one of the Top 100 MDU Technology Providers for 2012. See http://bbcmag.epubxp.com/i/90470.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

15
November
2012

Current Legal Issues for Private Cable Operators

Notes for my presentation at IMCC meeting in St. Louis, October 17, 2012

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

25
July
2012

Aereo TV decision is putting pressure on broadcasters

On July 11, 2012, a U.S. District Court in New York denied a motion for preliminary injunction filed by broadcasters (including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBCUniversal) to stop Aereo TV from continuing to deliver local TV stations to viewers to connected devices through the Internet. An interesting review of Aereo’s service can be found here.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

18
June
2012

US Department of Justice to investigate whether MVPDs are using TV Everywhere business models and consumer bandwidth caps to suppress competition from online video distributors

According to a report published in the Wall Street Journal  on June 13, the Antitrust Division of the DoJ is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to quash nascent competition from online video.

Cable companies provide both television channels and high-speed Internet access for many consumers in the U.S. With broadband Internet, consumers can watch individual programs or channels through online video services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, bypassing the cable company's traditional bundles of channels.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

04
June
2012

Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Interpretation of Terms “Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor” and “Channel”

The FCC’s Media Bureau has requested (DA 12-507, MB Docket No. 12-83) comments on the implications of expanding the term “Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor” or MVPD to include online video distributors that currently operate outside the regulatory framework that governs video distribution by cable, satellite and telephone companies.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

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