[opendtv] Re: Cablevision to appeal network DVR ruling

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 21:52:04 -0400

At 9:18 AM -0700 3/27/07, Dale Kelly wrote:
Craig wrote:
 But this requires that the cable company
 obtain the rights to the content and share the revenues generated.

sort of like retransmission consent.....?

Not exactly.

I agree that one can make the argument that non-real time retransmission, by a cable or DBS service, of a program delivered by a FREE-TO-AIR channel is the same thing. And in fact, the networks have fought to prevent the cable and DBS guys from making network programming available on an NVOD or VOD basis, after the initial broadcast. This is perceived as a value add, and the networks want their share.

But the temporary storage of programming is not the same thing as carriage of that programming live.

The first is a value added service for the customer; the value increases if you can decrease the commercial load, or allow fast forwarding through the commercials when the program is accessed from a remote server.

The latter is the provision of access to the same content (in real time) that the viewer can get for free via an antenna.

Please note that I am equally offended by subscriber fees for ANY channels that are advertiser supported, including The Disney Channel, which is just a Disney infomercial.


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