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Comments on news posted 2012-11-20 18:05:20: Former FCC boss turned cable industry top lobbyist blames content companies for the pay TV industry's inflexibility when it comes to giving consumers what they want. ..


OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH

Ok

While he talks up that Cable Companies want to have the content everywhere "3 Screens" if you will. He tosses the blame on the Content/Distributors that they cant because of licensing. What he fails to add is that most would be ok with it being viewable everywhere......for a fee, which the Cable Companies balk at, they feel that they should pay once for the rights to use the content/stream and then use it how they seem fit, via On Demand, "Live" Airing, View on Xbox, View on Mobile Devices/Phones, ect. Fact is the content people their stuff to reach as many people as possible. What they don't want is it being paid for by one person, who then shares that with everyone he knows "illegally".

Cable companies then try to reach a middle ground with things like HBO Go, requiring you to sub to HBO to access, and having that app phone home to make sure you didn't just sign up for one month then cancel and still have access. Price it the same as HBO monthly sub and now its a matter of HBO getting the whole fee vs the cable co taking a cut, and that's why they wont do it. Lets say it cost TWC 10/month to offer HBO, and we get charged 15/month, TWC is the one blocking you having HBO as a stand alone product bc they want that 5/month profit, while HBO is like sweet we just made 5/month more and don't have to deal with uplink issues at the cable company.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Ok

He also fails to mention why cable is higher than DirecTV and Dish* and why its higher than U-Verse in most areas? After all they both have to go to the same companies for those rights.
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Re: Ok

cable has higher box fees then the other guys.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Ok

Very true! TWC MidWest, LLC now charges $9 per box for new customers, and is required to receive any channels, including the locals. Gotta love it!

The Limit
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join:2007-09-25
Greensboro, NC
kudos:2

This single line...

"Time Warner Cable and Comcast have to go into the content market"

No they don't.
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: This single line...

said by The Limit:

"Time Warner Cable and Comcast have to go into the content market"

No they don't.

Agreed. They need to just become the dumbpipes they truly are.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
Comcast already is and TWC was part of a content company. So why do they need to again???

The Limit
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join:2007-09-25
Greensboro, NC
kudos:2

1 recommendation

Re: This single line...

The fact of the matter is "nothing to see here". We've already heard these words before by other "experts" in the field.

Wintermute

@comcast.net

Monopoly or duopoly can't front off content providers?

Please....

Make that "monopsony: or "duopsony." Result is the same. Where else are these horrible, blameworthy content providers going to go to sell their stuff in the huge markets ruled by the cable companies?

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopsony

pnh102
Reptiles Are Cuddly And Pretty
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join:2002-05-02
Mount Airy, MD

He's Sorta Right

This problem isn't helped by the increasing vertical integration in this industry. For example, Comcast as a cable TV company should not be allowed to own entities like NBC Universal and the various sports networks that it currently owns.

If you want to shake things up, start here.
--
USA 2012 - the mooches won.

JakCrow

join:2001-12-06
Palo Alto, CA

Re: He's Sorta Right

Except Powell doesn't want you to notice THOSE content providers.

There's a reason why these industries are referred to as cartels.

Freeman3

@verizon.net

Elephant in the room

I was disappointed that the interviewer didn't ask him how he justifies the revolving door of former commissioners becoming lobbyists for the same industry they are supposed to be regulating. It's disgusting to even think about.

JakCrow

join:2001-12-06
Palo Alto, CA
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1 recommendation

Re: Elephant in the room

It was bad enough that while he was FCC commish, his idea of competition was one cableco, one telco, and one satco, and those were all the American consumer needs for "healthy competition". He was a joke then and is a joke today. He's probably an embarrassment to his dad.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Doing Us A Favour

The content producers and distribution channels (subscription and OTA) are actually doing my wife and I a favour by keeping their collective head firmly buried where the sun don't shine. We've never had subscription TV--regarding it as too expensive for what you get. The content on commercial OTA TV has become so universally poor we watch little of that, anymore, either. (We added it up the other night. About three hours of commercial TV per week, this season. That's it.) Most of our TV time now is PBS, Netflix and the occasional DVD or BD rental. In total, tho, I'd say we're watching TV far less than in years past. I regard this as a Good Thing. So keep it up, industry.

Jim

anon101

@rr.com

Re: Doing Us A Favour

PBS has as many commercials and other tv...they call it sponsorships and fund drives.

IowaCowboy
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join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
kudos:1
Reviews:
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They have a right to protect their revenues

I am sure if it was not for government regulation and net neutrality, they'd charge to allow Netflix on their pipes. It would be the same as having the delivery guys from Home Depot deliver your appliances from Sears or Lowe's.

Caps are not an issue for me since I get my TV content from Comcast.

While I am in favor of breaking up broadband monopolies, I do think the incumbent providers should have a right to charge for access to their networks if the customer uses a third party ISP (just like in the '90s, you had to pay for a phone line to access your ISP and you still had to pay your ISP separately). When I first got Internet, I had WebTV and then when I got my first computer (an iMac 333 MHz G3 PowerPC processer), I got my dial-up Internet through the phone company (which was at the time Qwest since I was living in Iowa) then moved to broadband (cable modem through Mediacom since Qwest did not have DSL at my location).
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
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·MegaPath

Re: They have a right to protect their revenues

Net Neutrality???? Where? The guidelines that the FCC published was just that. They were unenforceable guidelines. The courts even ruled as such as the FCC gave up their right to regulate the Internet a long time ago when it decided the Internet was an Information Services and NOT a communications service to deregulate DSL and next generation networks, also with the Brand X case.

And what is funny is you are in favor of breaking up these companies, but yet many of them brought you what you have and you brag about the one being the highest power---Verizon?? How can you want to destroy their business while loving them at the same time?