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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

31
May
2012

DIRECTV and Dish Network Petition to Amend the OTARD Rules

The FCC’s OTARD rules restrict limitations on antennas and small dishes on property owned or leased by the party wanting to make the installation, and subject to the MDU resident’s exclusive control. The FCC has allowed landlords and HOAs to restrict the placement of OTARD devices in common areas not subject to the individual resident’s exclusive control.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

30
April
2012

Brazil: Satellite TV Opportunities

Recently I read this:

DIRECTV eyes Latin American Growth

DirecTV is looking to conquer Latin America with a plan to double revenue and subscribers in the region over the next five years. The satellite TV company was recently able to add about 550,000 new customers in the region during its first quarter, a figure that apparently surpassed expectations and made the company excited for future growth.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

11
April
2012

Rising costs of sports programming are destroying the traditional cable television delivery model

By the numbers: The spiraling cost of sports programming Media analysts are increasingly talking about the skyrocketing cost of sports television — and, more importantly, the potential for that trend to undermine the pay TV model and spur a new round of cord cutting.

So just how high are those costs?

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

05
April
2012

Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch to Present at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit

Leading Event on Fiber-to-the-Home and Broadband Access Technologies

Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch today announced that Dr. Kandutsch, attorney will present at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas Texas, April 24-April 26.  Dr. Kandutsch will participate in the Modern Right of Way Management session, part of the event’s Open Access Track program.  The session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00am CST.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

03
April
2012

Follow up: SkyAngel case at the FCC

Following up on my article on the SkyAngel case at the FCC:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is no longer sure just how to define a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), and its final decision on the matter could have major implications for Internet-based video services.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

12
March
2012

Netflix Looking for Cable Alliances

I have written in this space that in a best-case scenario, OTT video threatens and has the potential to radically disrupt the broadcast media model used by traditional MVPDs. Before this happens, MVPDs will try to absorb the disruptive technology so that it conforms to the existing business model. It is this context that I see the pressure on MVPDs to move toward a la carte programming tiers, and also a recent new item concerning the effort of one prominent online video distributor, Netflix, to form alliances with cable operators. Under this model, Netflix would become another premium movie channel, like HBO. Netflix’ move is motivated from the cable side by cable’s “TV Everywhere” initiatives, such as Comcast’s Streampix and Verizon’s partnership with Redbox to compete with Netflix.

“If Netflix could transition its subscriber base to cable, and attract new subscribers to a premium service, that could mean more revenue for cable operators including Comcast to woo cord-cutters back to the fold, and forge a new path to long-term survival for Netflix. It could be a win-win for strange bedfellows, who may find themselves snuggled up, streaming (and dreaming) of new revenue opportunities together.”

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

09
March
2012

Broadband Communities Summit, April 23 – 27

I am going to participate in a panel discussion at the Broadband Communities Summit on April 25. Here’s the agenda.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

08
March
2012

New Article on Online Video Distribution

The current (January/February 2012) issue of Broadband Communities Magazine includes my second article on online video distribution. Both articles deal with the failure of courts and regulators to allow online video distributors or OVDs to take advantage of regulatory benefits available to traditional cable operators. The first article deals with a small start-up company called ivi and can be found on my website. The second article deals with an OVD called Sky Angel and can be found here.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

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