For all the talk, there’s little evidence that cord cutting, to whatever extent it is actually happening, has loosened the grip of the networks or cable operators on the TV business. If anything, they’ve tightened their hold, as evidence from this last quarter shows.
Conditions imposed on Comcast and NBC Universal by the FCC and DOJ will require the companies to make their cable content available to new online video distributors. But those over-the-top distributors have some hurdles to jump before the regulatory agencies will enforce those conditions.
Today on the Net: Disney expresses concerns about the conditions the FCC plans to levee against Comcast as part of its takeover of NBC Universal. Also: Fast Company profiles YouTube and Bitbop parent Fox Mobile Group has rebranded as Jesta Digital and gotten a new CEO.
Today on the Net: Comcast may need to make some concessions about online video to get its NBCU transaction approved, YouTube brings ads to videos on its Android mobile app and the BBC will refuse to create bespoke versions of the iPlayer unless compensated for them.
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski issued a draft order to the other commissioners today that gave the Comcast-NBCU deal the “OK,” with some “carefully tailored conditions.” But what those conditions are, and what they mean for the future of online video, remains to be seen.
Today on the Net: Due to ongoing discussions with regulatory agencies, the Comcast-NBCU merger is going to be delayed until early 2011. Also: a look at Starz’s subscriber numbers shows little evidence of cord shaving and SkyFire has released its Flash video app for the iPad.
Today on the Net: Google is reportedly working on striking deals for an expanded video rental service to be heavily promoted next year, between the Comcast NBCU merger and net neutrality the FCC has a lot on its plate and Hulu increased its 2010 revenue forecast.
Today on the Net: Comcast made its case to the FCC that conditions surrounding online video aren’t necessary in its merger with NBCU, Facebook and Hulu both lost viewers in the latest comScore video report and Cablevision’s board agreed to spin off Rainbow Media.
Today on the Net: online video will be at the heart of the Comcast-NBCU federal regulatory review, YouTube is relying on users to flag videos that might be responsible for inciting terrorist violence and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes calls Netflix names in the NY Times.
Today on the Net: Comcast and NBCU are appealing to the FCC not to require them to provide their content to online sources, Sony’s Qriocity movie service has been switched on in Europe and Fox is using Hulu ad inventory to make good on ratings shortfalls.