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.

NFL, MLB try the hidden-ball trick in Aereo appeal

The NFL and Major League Baseball are threatening to take their ball and go home if Aereo is allowed to continue streaming broadcast TV signals to subscribers without paying retransmission fees to broadcasters.