Craig Birkmaier wrote: > The FCC is simply forcing the content owners to treat new OVD services > the same as the rest of the MVPDs. Just like the FCC did for Verizon FiOS TV, or for that matter, just like what the FCC did for true IPTV systems (as opposed to Internet TV), such as AT&T U-verse. So, nothing new at all. The only thing you got was a couple of other MVPDs. And, just to hammer that point home, Verizon decided to stop expanding their FiOS, because of high costs and not a whole lot of consumer demand! No huge surprise, really. But once again, the FCC is merely saying, if a third party TV distro network wants the government to force content owners to give them access, this third party distro networks has to emulate an MVPD. The techhive article is much more to the point. > What is less clear is how the new service will deal with access to OTA > channels. With facility based MVPDs the issue is straightforward. You offer > the local channels. It got a bit more complicated with DBS, as they serve > many markets; the issue moved to where the receiving dish is located. > > With OTT services, we now have the issue that the receiver can be anywhere. It's all up to the content owners! So for example, if your local ABC affiliate wants to make *its own* weather/news/local interest content available around the world online, both live and on demand, they are free to do so. If they want to limit the geographic area of online distribution, they are free to do so. And so is ABC, for its own high value content. Or, if ABC decides, ABC can allow the local affiliate to post its shows online as well. And the FCC would have nothing to say about any of this. > Can I access the local channels from the market where I live, when I > am traveling? > > Does the OTT service use geo location data to determine which local > channels can be accessed? > > If they base access on geo location, how do they negotiate rights for > every market? These legacy questions vanish as soon as the owners of the content and the holders of the rights decide to get beyond the MVPD walled garden distribution model. Which is the only thing that makes Internet TV interesting. > The question is VERY different for HBO and ESPN, as we have discussed. > > Obviously these companies do not go to the FCC to deal with changing > market dynamics. Exactly. And the same goes for the congloms, the sports leagues, and any other owner of content. The congloms, much as described in the techhive article, have ALREADY established their own web sites for their high value content, and they have already also put their high value content on aggregation sites such as Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. > What is a constant is that the entrenched players evolve and maintain > control, as the Sullivan article you posted confirms... Yes, but exerting control does not mean that "the bundle," within walled gardens, or available online with walled garden subscriptions, remains sacred. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.