The FCC’s new program access rules may lack the rights stuff

Insofar as the FCC’s goal is to create a level playing field, where OVDs could compete effectively with facilities-based pay-TV providers, the disparate treatment of broadcast and digital rights will make the job much harder than simply mandating carriage negotiations.

How Apple and Amazon learned to share

The timing of the announcements of Apple’s and Amazon’s family sharing plans is not likely a coincidence. In fact, both companies have been working on the idea in parallel for several years, and the first public hints of the plans surfaced within a month of each other in early 2013.

Fudging it on Aereo

To argue now that Cablevision’s “first instance” retransmission licenses somehow conferred immunity from liability on its second-instance RS-DVR service that is not available to Aereo, as the deputy solicitor general tried to is, is to assume facts not in evidence.

Justice Department could hold key to Aereo outcome

The outcome of the Aereo case could turn on whether a majority of the justices can get comfortable distinguishing Aereo from Cablevision, allowing them to craft an opinion that finds Aereo to be illegal without disturbing the result of the Cablevision case.

Movies without borders

With the shift to streaming, the movie studios have attempted to sustain the old territorial exclusivity system by requiring the use of geo-blocking technology to restrict unlicensed access to their content.

Netflix is not a part of the internet

Netflix uses the internet as one of its platforms for delivering that content (the U.S. Postal Service is another), but moving bits around on the internet is merely a necessary step to engaging in its main business of getting content in front of consumers.

Amazon’s curious TV denial

Amazon is famous for not overly prioritizing delivering profits to investors, but there’s no way that it would not lose hundreds of millions of dollars standing up a live, linear TV service.

Chipping away at territorial content licensing

The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into the use of restrictive licenses by five major Hollywood studios in their dealings with pay-TV distributors.

DIY TV Everywhere starting to add up

TiVo reported that 76 percent of the streaming through TiVo Roamio involved recorded content, while only 11 percent involved live programming, but Dish said “most” streaming through Dish Anywhere involved live programming.